Springfield keeping Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy alive

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Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, and across the nation his life and legacy are being remembered.

“We as a people, we’ll get to the promise land….”

That’s what this organization is taking steps towards, 50 years after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Services is an agency in Springfield dedicated to being “keepers of the dream” King worked his entire life to achieve. 

Ronn Johnson, president and CEO of the organization, helps make sure our youth understand this vision through an after school program. 

On the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination, Johnson told 22News that it’s especially important for our youth to reflect on his life and on his teachings.

He also told 22News that it’s important for our youth to advance King’s dream of equality, and justice for all every day.

“We’re a legacy organization, and when we say a legacy organization.. Dr. King had this vision of a beloved community, and so what we really strive every day to do is be able to create that beloved community that Dr. King talked about,” Johnson said.

The organization offers various other programs to help with social justice issues King advocated for, like food insecurities.

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