Events & Festivals

Remembering the dream

Hannibal native Gailya McElroy, J.D., speaks during the Feb. 19, 2017 MLK Celebration at Eighth and Center Streets Baptist Church. The 2019 MLK Memorial Concert will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19 at Helping Hand Baptist Church.
Posted: Jan. 16, 2020 12:15 pm Updated: Jan. 17, 2020 11:59 am

HANNIBAL | Jim's Journey and the Hannibal MLK Celebration Committee invite everyone to join the annual commemoration of Rev. Dr. King at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at Helping Hand Baptist Church, 1020 Lyon Street.

The MLK Memorial Concert will honor the achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose efforts to put an end to racial segregation and realize his dream of peace included leading the bus boycotts by African Americans in Montgomery, Ala. in 1955, founding the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957 and leading the 1963 March on Washington. His dedication and the support of his followers led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. King was 39 years old when he was assassinated on April, 4, 1968, but his dream for peace remains strong today.

The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday marks its 25th anniversary in 2020, and the national holiday is the only such event that is dedicated as a day of service in communities throughout the United States.

"The time is always right to do what is right." King said.

The 2020 MLK Memorial Concert will feature a mixture of music, fellowship and inspirational reflections with performers from the tri-state area and the local community. Rev. Lindell Robbins, pastor of Helping Hand Baptist Church, will welcome attendees to the service. The Helping Hand Baptist Church choir will perform with the choir from Second Christian Church in New London. Tina Haley and Patrick Hedges, two regular performers at the event, will perform with first-time guests Tim Redd and the Anointing. There will also be a reception with cake and punch.

More information is available by calling 573-248-0389.


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