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Leaders push to renew MLK's efforts on behalf of poor

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Numerous events were held throughout the Kansas City marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and some leaders called for a renewed push to help low-income residents.

Rights for workers and economic injustice was on the forefront of King's work before his assassination in 1968. Religious leaders focused Monday on "Renewing Dr. King's poor people's campaign."

One of the largest events was held at Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church in Kansas City. The Rev. Sam Mann of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference focused on economic injustice.

"We have so much poverty in the face of so much unprecedented wealth," he said. "That's not a good thing. That's immoral."

Education is seen as a path for changing this, and facilitating the fulfillment of King's dreams and his legacy.

"As long as individuals can't make a decent income, we're going to continue to have poor people continue to have crime," said Councilman Michael Brooks, who is also a pastor. "Today's fight is about economics and education and the two of them go together."

The Olathe NAACP honored Chiefs coach Andy Reid for his efforts to carry out King's dream.

"I know the battles that have taken place over time for equality," he said. "I think we live in a rich time now and we're going forward, which is important."

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