The memory of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was front and center during the annual MLK program of the Alton branch of the NAACP on Sunday. Held at the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, the 36th annual event was part prayer, part music, and part ceremony as it honored local civil rights leaders.
Alton NAACP President James Gray was honored with a humanitarian award for his 26 years of leadership with the organization. He says being able to remember the mission of Dr. King is important:
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Also honored was Elder Roosevelt Reed of the Oakwood Church of God in Christ, who received the NAACP’s MLK Award. Journalist and community leader in East St. Louis and St. Louis Reginald Riddle-Young was the keynote speaker.