Utilizing inspiration from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s socio-economic dream, the City’s Dr. King celebration planning committee has devised a fresh, new approach to the community-wide event to focus on providing information about health, wellness and more to embody a healthy lifestyle.
"Taking Strides to a Healthier You" is the theme of this year’s event that will be held from 5 – 9 p.m. on January 20, 2014 in the Pavilion at John Knox Village, 520 NW Murray Road, Lee’s Summit.
"We are focusing on Dr. King’s dream about socio-economic issues, in particular healthcare, which he was concerned about before his death," said Debra Bronston, the 2014 Chairperson of the Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration Planning Committee.
In early 1968, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders were planning a "Poor People’s Campaign" in Washington, D.C. The group, led by Dr. King, planned to demand help for the poor to obtain jobs, healthcare and decent homes. This was to be a peaceful march throughout the Capital in Washington, D.C. and was to include visits to various federal agencies in the hopes of Congress passing anti-poverty legislation.
But weeks before the march was to take place, Dr. King was assassinated. Dr. King’s widow, the late Coretta Scott King, and several ministers of the Civil Rights Movement, made sure the march happened on May 12, 1968.
"Taking Strides to a Healthier You," focuses on one aspect of Dr. King’s Poor People’s Campaign – healthcare.
Those attending the celebration will be able to talk with subject matter experts in healthcare and financial planning as well as participate in fitness training activities. Healthcare providers, physicians and other professionals from Lee’s Summit and the metropolitan area have volunteered their time and resources to make this event a success. There will be give-a-ways and exciting prizes through the free raffles. The event is free.
Kansas City Royals Hall of Famer and Kansas City T-Bones Coach Frank White will provide remarks along with Lee’s Summit Mayor Randy Rhoads at the beginning of the event.
The celebration is sponsored by the City of Lee’s Summit’s Human Relations Commission. For more information about the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, contact the City of Lee’s Summit at (816) 969-1000 or visit the website at cityofLS.net.