JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – State Rep. Steven Roberts joined other elected officials and Missourians from around the state as they gathered in the State Capitol Wednesday evening to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event, which was sponsored by the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus, included guest speakers such as Governor Eric Greitens, House Speaker Todd Richardson, and Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard.
State Rep. Karla May served as the Mistress of Ceremony for the event. Speakers focused their comments on the lasting impact of King’s teachings and his legacy of service. Governor Greitens, who is the first governor in recent years to attend the event, shared a story about his efforts to plan one of the first MLK celebrations at Parkway North High School.
“It was an honor to be able to participate in this event and to pay tribute to a man whose words and actions have had such a profound and lasting impact on our nation,” said Roberts, D-St. Louis City.
State Rep. Roberts had the honor of introducing Speaker Richardson at the event. Roberts noted Richardson’s legacy of public service that was started by his father, who previously served as House Minority Leader. Roberts himself is continuing a legacy of public service as his father is a former St. Louis City Alderman and currently serves as Chief of Staff to Sheriff Vernon Betts in the City of St. Louis. Roberts’ uncle is also a former St. Louis City Alderman.
During the event, the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus also took time to honor the service of past leadership. Chairman Alan K. Green talked about the importance of honoring the past while also continuing the legacy created by those who have served. The caucus recognized former chairman, Tommie Pierson, Sr., for his service. They also presented an award to state Rep. Brandon Ellington for his past service as caucus president.
The event also included an amazing performance by the Lincoln University Dance Troupe under the direction of Ms. Theresa Ferguson. National Gospel recording artist Leslie Johnson also performed at the event. Pastor Michael Jones of Friendly Temple M.B. Church was the guest speaker.