'For love, strength and hope," Emporia community honors memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday Featured

Community members march down Commercial Street in observance of MLK Day. Community members march down Commercial Street in observance of MLK Day. Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News

The Emporia community and Emporia State University united Monday evening to honor and celebrate the life, legacy and lessons of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. nearly 51 years after his death.

The annual celebration of Dr. King was a cooperative effort between the Greater Emporia MLK Planning Committee and Emporia State Diversity Student programs and comprised of youth activities, the annual community/campus march and a time of reflection and praise at Emporia's Presbyterian Church. The theme for this year's celebration is "reflections of hope" which is fitting to ESU Diversity Student Programs Director Teresa Taylor Williams as she feels Dr. King's message of love and hope needs to be heard now more than ever, especially amongst younger generations.


MLK Planning Board Member Iona Moore feels events such as the march are essential to ensure the spirit of Dr. King never dies.


The community/campus march began at ESU's White Library and came to an end two blocks down at the Presbyterian Church where even more community members gathered to share reflections, songs and scripture in honor of Dr. King. Amongst those in attendance was 12-year-old Zion Scott who feels it is right to praise Dr. King and his sacrifices not only during MLK Day but year-round.


Participants also shared a community meal before the reflection service began.

Photos by Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News 

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