KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bitterly cold temperatures forced a planned walking honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. inside on Monday.
This is the fourth year for the MLK Walk, which is sponsored by Heartland Conservation Conservation Alliance.
The plan was to walk from the MLK Square Park on Swope Parkway and Woodland Avenue to the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center at Swope Parkway and Cleveland Avenue. However, because of the cold weather organizers move the walk to inside the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center.
A group of about 40 people attended the event. They read excerpts from King's speeches, then paused and reflected on what his words mean to their lives today. Some participants said they were inspired by the event to honor King and others who died for civil rights by doing what they can to finish the work.
"We still have not realized the dream," said Janay Davis. "We need to continue to work to make sure more is done to help people in poverty."
Organizers said the day is also designed to encourage people to follow King's example and serve the community.