On Sunday afternoon, students, parents and community leaders gathered in the at to address the unfinished business of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The five winners of the North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Justice Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Contest read their speeches, groups performed and KMOX news anchor Carol A. Daniel provided empowerment to the crowd to address this year’s theme of "Dr. King’s Unfinished Business: Promoting Economic Empowerment."
“Our challenge … is to make new friends and break old stereotypes,” Terrence Freeman, professor of engineering at Florissant Valley, said in the opening.
In her keynote address, Daniel said, “If we want to promote economic empowerment, we’ve got to empower ourselves.”
More than 100 people soaked in the messages spread throughout the two-and-a-half hour program and came together to sing Lift Every Voice at the end.
The annual program honors and celebrates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His birthday is Jan. 15, and the federal holiday for 2012 is Jan. 16.
How are you honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?