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‘Voter-Cade’ through north St. Louis will honor King’s life, legacy

A motorcade, voter registration, COVID-19 vaccinations and more are among events planned for Monday to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Committee of St. Louis will hold its 53rd annual King observance on Monday, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Old Courthouse downtown. Because of the pandemic, a “Voter-Cade” will replace the traditional march commemorating King.

Speakers at the event will include Merdean Gales, president of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
Committee; Mayor Tishara Jones; and Michael P. McMillan, president and CEO of the
Urban League of the Greater Metropolitan St. Louis. After their remarks, the “Voter-Cade” will begin.

From the Old Courthouse, the motorcade will travel along Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard in north St. Louis, to Vashon High School, 3035 Cass Avenue, where dignitaries will lay a wreath for King. Organizers invite people along the route to display signs and pictures in support of the theme “Unity in the Community.”

At Vashon, people can register to vote and can receive COVID-19 testing, vaccinations and personal protection equipment (PPE). They can also get fresh produce.

Free COVID-19 testing/vaccination will be provided by Affinia Healthcare from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. People can also get COVID services from CareSTL Health at 5471 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive.

The STL NAACP will be helping new voters register; Social Changes will provide PPE and produce.
Other community resources will be offered by Building Life Foundations, a training center in Kingian nonviolence; and the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America, which helps prospective homebuyers.

Families, churches, schools and organizations can enter a vehicle in the motorcade by contacting Gary Boyd, program coordinator, 314-458-6906,; or Merdean Gales, president, 314-583-0532,

“Our goal is to drive out the three evils: Poverty, Racism, and Violence,” the group said in a press release, “and to promote Voter Registration for the beloved community for which Dr. Martin Luther King gave his life. If not now, When?”

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