Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration holds donation drive

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI)- On April 4, 1968, the reverend Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. One of the most prominent leaders of the civils rights movement, he was known for his beliefs in nonviolence and civil disobedience.

In Cape Girardeau, a yearly celebration is held in his name. This year, the 38th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial breakfast was held at the Shawnee Park Center, where Pastor Novella Harris was the key-note speaker.

Pastor Harris says, “The struggle continues. When there is no equality for one African American, there is no equality for all. All should be equal. Equal in jobs, and our character, and equal in the things that we do for one another.”

Pastor Harris and a small band led a prayer service which was followed by several gospel songs.

Similar to the Reverand King, Pastor Harris’s sermon touched on the negative impact of violence across the country. “Please also pray that we can end this pandemic of senseless gun violence so that our communities can be safe from hurt, harm and danger.”

A luncheon was provided shortly after where Pastor William Bird Jr. spoke.

Event attendees could also make donations of non-perishables such as canned goods, toiletries, scarves, hats, gloves, and blankets. All of which will go to area agencies and individuals in need.

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