Museum honors MLK’s inspiration

The Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Library and
Museum in Springfi eld
will celebrate Martin Luther
King’s legacy on
Monday, Jan. 15 by presenting
his most famous
speech and welcoming
community groups that
work to better the lives of
others.
Actor Reggie Guyton
will read King’s “I Have
a Dream” speech at 10:30
and 1:30 in the museum’s
main plaza.
King originally delivered
the speech on the
steps of the Lincoln Memorial
during a 1963 civil
rights march in Washington,
D.C. He praised
Lincoln’s Emancipation
Proclamation as “a great
beacon light of hope” but
said African-Americans
were still chained by segregation
and discrimination.
The Lincoln Presidential
Library and Museum
honors King’s birthday
each year by hosting a
Community Day. Not-forprofi
t groups that serve the
public can visit the museum
free of charge if they
register in advance.
Other events on Jan. 15
include music by The Four
Sopranos at 12:30, a performance
by the Springfi
eld 4-H Dance Troupe
at 1 p.m., and appearances
by historic interpreters
portraying Frederick Douglass
and Sojourner Truth
from 1-4 p.m. Museum
admission is required to
attend these events.
For more information,
visit www.presidentlincoln.
illinois.gov.