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Kansas African American Museum plans inclusive events to celebrate Martin Luther King Day

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at 5:17 p.m.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Kansas African American Museum is planning a series of events for Jan. 18, a Saturday.

Mark McCormick, the museum’s executive director who started last February, said this year’s event will focus on including all people and reflect the diversity of the Wichita community.

“We’re trying to make this holiday more of an American holiday as opposed to an African-American holiday and we’ve tried to be more purposeful and intentional about being inclusive,” McCormick said.

“It goes hand in glove with what we’re trying to do at the museum. We feel history has the ability to bring people together and if more people know about and contribute to this, everyone gets to benefit and claim their piece of it as Americans.”

King – perhaps the most influential civil rights activist in American history – was assassinated on April 4, 1968. He was a clergyman who practiced nonviolent civil disobedience as a means for social change.

The memorial for him has been celebrated locally for more than 30 years and is one of the largest Martin Luther King Jr. events in the region with more than 700 people attending annually, according to a news release.

Buttons for events are $3 and can be purchased at Calvary Baptist Church, Christian Faith Centre, Greater Pentecostal COGIC, Jackson Mortuary, P & P Seed and Bait, Salon Pryme, St. Mark United Methodist Church, St. Paul AME Church, Tangles Boutique, TKAAM and World Harvest Church.


• 8 a.m. pancake breakfast at the Christian Faith Center, 1130 S. Broadway

• 10 a.m. community-wide parade, starting at the Christian Faith Center and going to Chester I. Lewis Reflection Park

• 11 a.m. community project at the Kansas African American Museum, 601 N. Water. There will be free parking in the garage.

• 7 p.m. Martin Luther King Celebration at St. Mark United Methodist Church, 1525 N. Lorraine. The celebration will include a gospel concert from the Wiley College Choir from Marshall, Texas.

Reach Kelsey Ryan at 316-269-6752 or kryan@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @kelsey_ryan.

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