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AGTS News: AGTS and EU participate in Unity March celebrating Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech

AGTS and Evangel University will participate in a community-wide Unity March from the Martin Luther King Bridge (400 block of East Tampa Street) in Springfield to Park Central Square on Wednesday, August 28 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The event commemorates the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech.

At the square, Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens and local faith leaders will give their respects and perspective of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s social justice work and share how it effects Springfieldians today.

The evening's program will include the viewing of the iconic speech on a large screen canvas in the square and a symbolic "burial of hate" where participants will leave a time capsule under a monument on the Southeast corner of the Square. The monument memorializes three African-American men — Horace Duncan, Fred Coker and Will Allen — who were murdered during a public lynching on square in 1906.

"This tragedy occurred the very same week that revival broke out at the Azusa Street Mission in Los Angeles," said AGTS president Byron D. Klaus. "Several years ago AG pastor Scott Temple led the initiative that finally got a plaque placed in Park Central Square to acknowledge this tragedy in Springfield history. Our participation in this event communicates our desire for unity across racial lines and our respect of the sacrifices made by so many in the fight for this unity."

Mayor Stephens said in the release. "There is a tremendous opportunity in Springfield but, in part, we've got to deal with what happened and understand it and make sure nothing like this ever happens again."

Organizers see the overall event as one to promote understanding and to celebrate the messages of Dr. King. They also hope to encourage more diversity in work and educational environments.

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Updated: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 12:39 PM

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