January 14, 2021
“If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The COVID-19 pandemic won’t stop Springfield’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. March. The Springfield NAACP is hosting MLK Weekend instead, with a “virtual” march route anyone can walk or drive Jan. 15-18. Here are the details.
The Springfield NAACP invites participants to pick one day over the weekend and visit at least two sites along Springfield’s African-American Heritage Trail. Two of the five spots are located in Downtown Springfield.
Springfield’s African-American Heritage Trail also includes markers at Lincoln School, Lincoln Memorial Cemetary and the former site of Alberta’s Hotel. That building was located Downtown on Benton. The memorial marker sits in the parking lot between Jordan Valley Community Health Center and the Springfield Municipal Court building.
Take a selfie in front of the historic buildings or markers, then share them on social media. Use the hashtag #movingforwardmlk. Springfield NAACP board members will walk or drive the path from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. each day. They’ll hand out T-shirts and gift certificates to Big Momma’s Coffee & Espresso Bar and The Coffee Ethic.
Want to add a little joy and inspiration to your march? The Springfield NAACP has put together a 2021 MLK March playlist of freedom songs.
Participants in the MLK March are invited to donate warm outerwear for unsheltered individuals in the Springfield community. Drop off scarves, gloves and socks in the collection bin at Big Momma’s, 217 East Commerical St.