SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Monday, the MassMutual Ballroom was packed with people, young and old, celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Springfield’s celebration of the late civil rights leader’s life and message has grown, and this is the first year the celebration has been held at MassMutual. Previously, the event was held at the Eastfield Mall.
The commemoration has grown into an event attracting all types of people from Springfield, including children playing instruments, Boy Scout troops, and a Mason Square community group that uses Dr. King’s message to promote community activism.
“Our hope is that people will go home or maybe spend a meal with each other discussing the legacy of Dr. King and it’s importance, and figuring out how we might individually, collectively do something to realize the dream in our community,” Ronn Johnson of Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Services said.
Springfield community leaders used this opportunity to raise awareness of activities they’re offering their neighborhoods to reduce crime and build pride in the city.
They said they believe Dr. King would be proud of Springfield’s accomplishments toward racial equality, but also saddened that racism still exists in our world.