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MLK Club of Fort Wayne looking to expand

The organization has been in operation for over 30 years.

Posted: Apr 4, 2018 4:54 PM
Updated: Apr 5, 2018 8:59 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- This year the the Martin Luther King Club is planning a trip heading south in Martin Luther King's honor.

The organization is known for its Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Day Celebration held at the Grand Wayne Center and for it's breakfast with the clergy event.

The president of the club said they are doing this tour to educate the youth about the civil rights time period and hoping to expand membership.

"This year we're planning a civil rights tour and we will be in Memphis, Tennessee at the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Birmingham, Selma, and Montgomery for a three day four night trip," Bennie Edwards said.

The trip will be from June 20th through June 24th.

Although the club didn't plan anything specifically for this day, Edwards said he can remember April 4th in 1968 like yesterday.

"I remember when that happened. I was in Long Beach in the Long Beach Naval Shipyard. I was in the Navy. I still remember where I was on that day, and I'd like to ask how many of you can remember where you were when you heard the news of Dr. King being assassinated?" Edwards inquired.

He said he can also remember when Dr. King came to speak at the Scottish Rite Center in 1963, which is now part of the University of Saint Francis.

Edwards said they are looking for more youth to join the club, and will have more events planned thorough the summer.

The cost is $240 per person for the civil rights tour. This includes the bus and three tickets to the musuems.

To learn more on how you can become a member, more about the club, or learn more about the trip visit

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