2021 Martin Luther King Jr. March

From the Springfield NAACP: “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

The pandemic cannot stop us; we are moving forward with a “virtual” MLK March. Choose a day over the MLK weekend, and walk or drive on a predetermined path along Springfield’s African American Heritage Trail. 

IF you would like to walk or drive to all five locations along the march, start at Silver Springs Park (1100 N. Hampton Avenue), travel to Lincoln School (815 N. Sherman), stop at Church Square North (900 N. Benton Avenue, the historic Washington Avenue Baptist Church), visit Church Square South (600 N. Benton Avenue), and end at Park Central Square. Please visit at least two of the sites and snap selfies in front of the historic buildings or the markers. Share your experience with us on social media using #MOVINGFORWARDMLK. 

Prizes will be given out the entire weekend; NAACP board members will walk or drive the path between the hours of 11:00am and 2:00pm on Friday through Monday, handing out NAACP t-shirts and gift certificates to Big Momma’s Coffee & Espresso Bar or The Coffee Ethic. 


This year as part of the march, we are collecting warm outerwear for unsheltered individuals in our community. Please drop off scarves, gloves, and socks in the collection bin at Big Momma’s, located at 217 E. Commercial Street, Springfield, MO 65803.