Brett Blume

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  It was a celebration of the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., accompanied by an emotional plea to end the violence on the streets of St. Louis.

City comptroller Darlene Green was among speakers to address a large crowd jammed into the rotunda of the Old Courthouse, where the famous Dred Scott case was heard.

She said there’s no guarantee that children today will be safe during a trip to the movies, or even when they’re at what should be one of the safest places for them to be.

“Crime threatens our children in schools,” Green noted, adding that teens can also be the instigators of senseless violence. “We must stop the knockout games, the shootings, the hurting of innocent people.

“We must pick up the gauntlet and help somebody get to a better life!”.

St. Louis plays host to of the largest King Day celebrations in the country.

The civil ceremony at the Old Courthouse was followed by a parade through downtown and then an interfaith service at Powell Hall, with Mayor Francis Slay, police chief Sam Dotson, and St. Louis County executive Charlie Dooley among the many local officials taking part.


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