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50th anniversary of martin luther king, i have a dream, celebration in springfield mo
Springfieldians share impact of MLK speech

NAACP Springfield President Cheryl Clay was 10 years old when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made his "I Have a Dream" speech on Aug. 28, 1963.

Clay is one of several Springfieldians who are sharing their memories of King's speech and of its impact on them.

Recap of 50th Anniversary Event

If you missed the City's event celebrating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech you can watch a review of the event.

Resources from the event include:

As you may know, the collaborative presented the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech by hosting a unity march downtown, followed by an event at Park Central Square. This was a great success, but is only the beginning.

We want to build on that momentum to carry our community into the next wave of the conversation and awareness. We need your help and involvement.

The Greater Springfield Race and Faith Collaborative is embarking on a year-long journey to promote a deeper understanding of race and race relations via a conversation within our community. It is our intention to reach out and engage a wide variety of stakeholder groups – faith-based organizations, churches, businesses, schools, non-profits and public entities – in a community conversation that is divided into four quarters, bookended by two events: the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech on Aug. 28, and the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act in July of 2014.


Mark Struckhoff
Council of Churches of the Ozarks
| 417-872-9748

Dr. Ken Coopwood
Missouri State University
| 417-836-3736

Dr. Phil Snider
Brentwood Christian Church
| 417-881-0144

Greg Burris
City of Springfield
| 417-864-1006

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