Martin Luther King

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Many clergy have been influenced by the writings and speeches of Martin Luther King Jr.

Rev. C. Richard Kirkendoll, president of the Wichita Greater Ministerial League and a Baptist minister, says King’s “I Have a Dream” speech has resonated with him for decades. Ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, KMUW’s Carla Eckels spoke with Kirkendoll about the civil rights icon and the power of his words.

While we're currently in the midst of a pandemic, a few Martin Luther King Jr. Day event organizers will celebrate the life of the civil rights leader through virtual events this year.

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A worship celebration in Wichita on Monday will commemorate the life of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.

The Greater Wichita Ministerial League will host the event, which will feature Ray of Hope Church founder Cynthia Hale.

Roosevelt DeShazer is president of the Greater Wichita Ministerial League. He says the event invites people of all backgrounds to honor King's achievements.


Pastor Marvin Winans is a member of the musically gifted Winans family. He founded Perfecting Church in Detroit, Michigan, in 1989 along with a school, the Marvin L. Winans Academy of Performing Arts, in 1997.

The Greater Wichita Ministerial League will focus on unity at its annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, where nationally recognized pastor and Grammy award-winning singer Marvin Winans will be the keynote speaker.  

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Wichitans will have several of opportunities this month to celebrate the life of civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We have of list of events taking place over the federal holiday weekend.

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A new mural with an image of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. has been spray painted on a building in Wichita's historic Dunbar District.

San Francisco pastor and author Joanna Shenk will speak in Wichita on Wednesday about the work of historian and scholar Vincent Harding.

Harding wrote "Beyond Vietnam: A Time To Break Silence," a controversial speech that was delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1967, in a New York church. King was killed one year later.

Shenk interviewed Harding for her book, "The Movement Makes Us Human." She says King's death weighed heavily on Harding's conscience.

Shenk says the best way people can honor King is by doing something.

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April 4, 1968: The date resonates in the hearts of many Americans, including Wichitans.

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Students and community members braved the cold Wednesday night to participate in Wichita State’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Walk.

Staff from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion began the walk at the Red Bud trail south of campus followed by a program at WSU’s new Experiential Engineering building.

Sophomore Sarah Myose said she participated in the walk as an effort to become more involved in the community.