Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Missouri History Museum throughout the weekend. Families are invited to join us on Saturday and Monday for youth activism workshops, meaningful conversations on race and social justice, storytelling, movement, craft workshops, and day of service opportunities. On Saturday at 2pm a special program will honor young women who are leading positive social change in our region. On Sunday afternoon all are invited to a keynote address, a brief musical performance, and an all-levels yoga class set to live gospel music.
Join Bill Doggett as he presents a multimedia keynote address about the life of his father, Reverend Dr. John N. Doggett Jr., a beloved and critical leader who worked tirelessly for civil rights, human rights, and social justice, both locally and nationally. Rev. Doggett’s association with the civil rights movement began in the 1950s in Los Angeles, where he worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and served as the treasurer of the Western Christian Leadership Conference. In the 1960s, Rev. Doggett made a home in St. Louis, where he led efforts to improve police and Black community relations, state and local government, and healthcare for Black St. Louisans. Rev. Doggett served as the president of the St. Louis City NAACP, the first African American superintendent of the Missouri Methodist Conference, and a long-time board member of the Missouri Historical Society. Throughout his life Rev. Dr. John N. Doggett Jr. was a consummate drum major for justice who understood and embodied what Rev. Martin Luther King meant when he said, “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
A small ensemble from the St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON Chorus will perform live gospel music at the opening and closing of this keynote lecture.