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Fort Wayne taking steps to honor MLK's 1963 visit

The City of Fort Wayne passed a resolution for a number of groups to plan a public art display to commemorate Dr. King's visit to Fort Wayne in 1963.

Posted: Feb 5, 2020 10:23 PM

FORT WAYNE (WFFT) --  Benny Edwards was in high school when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made his visit to Fort Wayne on June 3, 1963.

He didn't attend the speech, but says the whole city was 'buzzing' from his arrival.

"It was an honor," says Edwards.

Some 47 years later, Edwards is still trying to keep King's memory alive, and an art program headed by the city could do just that.

"Keeping the memory of Dr King alive for our yong people," says Edwards. "They may have forgotten King's speech and his mission and we want them refreshed."

The city unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday, spearheaded by council members Russ Jehl and Michelle Chambers, to create a 'suitable display' to honor King.

Jehl and Chambers agreed this goes beyond party affiliation, and King 's legacy should never be forgotten.

"I tried to find a quote from Dr. King's speech here in Fort Wayne, and I found virtually nothing," says Jehl.

Pastor Raymond Dix Jr. says some of his congregation sang during King's visit, and those who did said the 'electiricty' of King in Fort Wayne make the art display a 'necessity'.

"This is a community effort to say, 'we need the modern day moses to come to Fort Wayne," says Dix.

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