“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy continues to resonate, impact, and command attention,” said Springfield Council President Steve Moe, who is functioning as Interim Mayor. “He serves as an inspiration for community healing following this difficult year. His messages are every bit as relevant today as we strive for communities that are inclusive, for systems that are just and fair, and for a nation that honors and celebrates diversity.”

“I was proud to be one of the many Springfield residents advocating to name the parkway leading to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend as the Martin Luther King Jr, Parkway,” said Moe “I drive the parkway often. It is important to me that the significance of the man it is named for is honored and respected.”


MLK Event Details

For the 23rd year, SAfER (Springfield Alliance for Equality and Respect) in collaboration with the City of Springfield, Springfield Public Schools, and Willamalane Park and Recreation District, is celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, a leader committed to justice and non-violence.

While this year’s event will look a bit different due to COVID-19 restrictions, it remains an important opportunity to learn.

Instead of a march from the Springfield Justice Center to Springfield High School, this year community members are encouraged to join the NAACP’s car parade, starting at the Serbu Center, across from Autzen Stadium, at 9 a.m., Monday, January 18, 2021.

A contest that celebrates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr is now open to Springfield students in grades K-12. Students are asked to submit an essay, poem, artwork, photographic presentation, poster, or video, or any other type of art relating to this year’s theme: We are truly free when none are oppressed.

“I encourage our Springfield students to participate in this event, to share your contribution with your families, and to stay active in learning about individuals who make positive impacts in our social reform,” said Moe.

Deadlines: February 26, 2021 for all art, essay, poetry, posters, and videos. Due June 1, 2021: High School Speeches.

To learn more, visit: https://safer1214.wixsite.com/website?fbclid=IwAR32xDrOWV2pcmQ6NLlctf8kBNv1mYH06_CWCrIUEG3Ggv2zgypAv3P7L4o