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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration in Cape Girardeau

Published: Jan. 16, 2022 at 10:49 PM CST
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - Folks in the Heartland are keeping a tradition alive with a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration.

Debra Mitchell-Braxton is the executive director of the celebration. It was at the Shawnee Park Center on Sunday, January 16.

She said this year’s event had some changes due to COVID-19, including the use of masks and a Zoom option.

Participants watched performances and heard from a keynote speaker.

”Hopefully, it motivates them to volunteer service and to know what Dr. King says,” Mitchell-Braxton said. “The most urgent question that he says is, ‘what are you doing for others?’ And, ‘you don’t have to have a degree to serve, you just have to have a desire to serve someone.’”

Mitchell-Braxton said they are also collecting and donating canned goods, toiletries and clothing to area agencies.

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