Springfield celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Hampden County

Springfield held its 7th annual Martin Luther King Day celebration at the Mass Mutual Center on Monday. 

Thousands of people honored the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through kind words and inspiring music. Gospel music rang through the Mass Mutual Center as part of Springfield’s annual Dr. King Day celebration. 

The two-hour celebration featured local gospel choirs and presentations to educate the community on the life of Martin Luther King Jr. 

“I’m here to support him, MLK and all the kids and the organizations out here right now,” said Michael Darden of Springfield. “I know it’s really cold outside but there are still a lot of people here supporting it which is good for the community.” 

Governor Charlie Baker was among several state leaders who attended the Dr. King celebration in Springfield. 22News reporter Ciara Speller co-emceed the event. 

The Springfield Dr. King celebration is one of the largest held in Massachusetts. Residents who were here for it shared their thoughts of the civil rights leader and the impact that he left on the U.S. 

“Dr. King was an amazing man,” said Grady Bell of Springfield. “He fought for injustice everywhere and equality. “It’s the United States so we should come together regardless.” 

“It’s what Dr. King called us to do he wanted to create a beloved community and we are string to do that here in Springfield,” said Ronn Johnson. “It takes each and every one us to do doing something to get to that place.” 

Johnson said more than 1200 young people participated in Monday’s Dr. King presentations and musical performances.

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