Springfield honored Martin Luther King, Jr. with “healing and unity” celebration

The event was free

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – More than a thousand people came to the MassMutual Center in Springfield to take part in a celebration that paid tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The program, entitled “Lifting the Spirit of Healing and Unity” was all about celebrating the work and contributions of Dr. King.

The free event is hosted by Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services, the Community Music School of Springfield, D.R.E.A.M. Studio and Springfield College. Participants use singing and dancing to reflect on the accomplishments of the civil rights movement in our country.

“I think that many people do reflect every day depending on who you are,” Gina Beavers of the Community Music School told 22News. “But on a day like today, you like to stop and reflect on what’s happened for this country.” Beavers said this is the region’s premiere MLK celebration, and it continues to grow every year.

Martin Luther King day became a national holiday in 1986, and has been celebrated every year since on the anniversary of his birthday.

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