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Missouri Hosts Martin Luther King Tribute on Capitol Steps

Date: August 28, 2013
By: Hanna Battah
State Capitol Bureau

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Missourians gathered at the state Capitol to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
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Wrap:  Elected state officials were absent during the "Let Freedom Ring" ceremony in Jefferson City.  It became apparent when one of the event speakers called to recognize them on state Capitol grounds.

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Description: "If there are any state representative, state senators, or elected officials local, would you please raise your hand... so that we can recognize you."
 
No elected officials spoke. Event coordinator Annette Driver says she suspects the lack of state leaders could be related to lack of understanding of relevance of the civil rights movement and Dr. King's "dream."
 
Reporting from the Capitol, I'm Hanna Battah
 
 
Intro: 
Missourians gathered at the state Capitol to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.
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Wrap: Around one hundred gathered on state Capitol grounds honoring the March on Washington.

Jim Hall, from First Baptist Church in Jefferson City, urged attendees to recognize this anniversary as a reminder of the civil rights issues our nation still faces.

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Description: "Perhaps the greatest danger we face is we celebrate the anniversary of this historic speech is to believe that we have arrived. In many respects, we have only begun the journey towards justice."

Ceremony organizer Annette Driver says this serves as a reminder that racial inequalities remain despite our strides since the Civil Rights Era.

Reporting from the Capitol, I'm Hanna Battah.

Intro: 
Missourians gathered at the state Capitol Wednesday to honor the anniversary of the March on Washington.
RunTime:  0:38
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: Missourians commemorated Martin Luther King's historical "I Have a Dream" speech on Wednesday.

Jim Hall of First Baptist Church in Jefferson City urged attendees to recognize this anniversary as a reminder of the civil rights issues our nation still faces.

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Description: "My faith demands that I acknowledge that 50 years later we still live in a nation where freedom and justice are not provided for all."

Missouri joined the nation as the Jefferson City bells chimed for around one hundred attendees on Capitol grounds, along with several others who shared a moment of silence around the state.

Reporting from the Capitol, I'm Hanna Battah.


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