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Sioux City Community Celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Focuses on the "Power of Our Collective Voice”

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Sioux City NAACP

On this National Holiday, Sioux City will honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with song and speech.

“This is a day of celebration. This is a day that history was made in the United States of America where we fought as people for equal rights equal human rights for all mankind.”

That is Sandra Pearson is one of the organizers, who also leads the community choir for the event taking place at First Congregational United Church of Christ at 7 p.m.

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Sioux City Journal
Sandra Pearson leads the Community Choir

“Our theme is this the power of our collective voice. And so that is our thing for tonight. And we will have our keynote speaker, who is the first African American university president for Morningside College. His name is Dr. Albert Mosley, someone who can definitely relate to the dream of Dr. King.”

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Morningside University
Dr. Albert Mosely

The idea of community unity will continue with speakers of all ages.

“We have three students from all three of our high schools who will be speaking, and one of our school board members, Monique Scarlett, will be speaking to our theme. This is power, our collective voice. And then also our famous mountain top speech by Mr. Richard Hayes. When he does that, it is powerful, and he sounds just like Dr. King.


Pearson has been involved with the annual celebration for more than 40 years and hopes the community lives Dr. King’s dream.

“I think it's very important that we educate our children, our families, and take advantage of days like this, where we celebrate this calling, and Dr. King was all about unity and peace. And so, I think it's really important that we take advantage of that, and, not just one day, but throughout the entire year, and we live that message and walk that message.”

A message for all willing to listen.

Sheila Brummer returns to her radio roots as a Reporter/Special Projects Producer for Siouxland Public Media KWIT-KOJI.