Kirksville, Mo. — Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday and to honor the civil rights leader, a Dr. Martin Luther King Community Celebration is taking place Saturday, January 26, at Take Root Cafe in Kirksville.
There will be activities from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. which include a celebration of unity through song, dance, and word, a diversity photo booth, silent auction, bake sale arts and crafts and yoga.
Organizer Bertha Thomas says the event is a time for all community members, regardless of economic status and political persuasions, to come together in celebration of their commonalities.
Committee member Stephanie McGrew says the event is also about better understanding the difficulties that some demographic groups have to go through to get where they are today.
McGrew says the 50's and 60's was not that long ago and it is still important to continue to celebrate Dr. King many years after his death.
“ I truly believe that the Martin Luther King holiday is a wonderful time for all community members to come together, young and old, to reaffirm our commitment to the ideas of Martin Luther King," said Thomas.
“ I think it is very important that people understand that we are all people and to look at people non judgmentally and just take a second to put yourself in their shoes," said McGrew.
Each year the event raises money for a local non-profit.
This year's funds will go to the Oasis Program which is a partnership between United Way of Northeast Missouri and the public schools.
Some items being auctioned off at the event include a unity quilt, hotel gift certificates, children's items and clothing.