The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration was held Monday morning at Sacred Heart Church and the Sedalia Municipal Building with a commemorative march in between. The theme for the celebration was “There Is No Future Without The Past.”
At the Sacred Heart ceremony, emceed by Pastor Noah Poole, Girl Scout Troop 70242 (Amigos de Cristo) had a presentation and the Boy Scout Troop presented the colors, while the Beard family sang two selections. Father Mark Miller welcome those in attendance, while Rev. Calvin Pritchard delivered the invocation. Mayoral candidate John Fritz delivered the Benediction.
Carla Halane led the congregation in song (“We Shall Overcome”) after they viewed a video on the Civil Rights Movement.
Pastor Poole led the group on a three-block march to City Hall, while musician Robert Kauffman played solo tunes on his trumpet. Some marchers carried placards that read “Walk the Faith” and “Live the Dream.” A banner depicting Dr. King and his “I Have a Dream” speech has been a staple at the annual event.
Rev. W.T. Morris was presented with a certificate during the ceremony at City Hall, emceed by his wife, Sister Diane Morris. Mayoral candidate Steve Galliher delivered the Benediction.
Sedalia Mayor Elaine Horn read a proclamation honoring the legacy of Dr. King.
Rhonda Chalfant, president of the local chapter of the NAACP, delivered a short speech on “Why Remember?” and Pastor Mark Kasifas, along with vocalist Larry Billingsley, performed two numbers for those in attendance.
Dr. Marge Harlan offered to speak to any local organizations about MLK and the Civil Rights Movement with a Powerpoint presentation she has assembled. She also invited everyone to visit the Rose M. Nolen Black History Library at North Ohio and Lima Alley.
The Pettis County Community Partnership, hosted the event, while the nine-member 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee planned the celebration. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.