SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Springfield NAACP is preparing for its annual MLK March this Monday, Jan. 20.
The theme this year is “This Is What The Community Looks Like” to honor all that Martin Luther King Jr. stood for.
One activist, Dani Lacio, says this march also serves as a reminder.
“That is something that I hear from my kids is that they feel alone sometimes, so coming to this march gives them a sense of belonging and being able to see such a big community support them is the voice that they need,” Lacio said.
The participants came together today to make signs that will be used in the march.
“We’re not a post racist society and there are still a lot of issues that we need to deal with and I think it’s really important to highlight Martin Luther King’s work every year because he was such an amazing advocate for civil rights and social justice,” said Stacy Sherrod, grassroots organizer at Planned Parenthood.
The march will begin at 9 a.m. at Jordan Valley Ice Park.
Marchers will finish at the Gilloz theater for a program that will celebrate the community through the arts.
Cold weather clothing donations will be collected for Springfield Public School students.
At noon, the Springfield Multicultural Festival will begin at the Oasis Convention Center.