Webster Groves Christian Church hosted a gallery opening and worship service to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Doug Miner
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Five churches from St. Louis County and St. Louis City, along with two artists, collaborated at Webster Groves Christian Church (WGCC) in Glendale to remember Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday night. About 150 people from WGCC, Affton Christian Church, Centennial Christian Church, Memorial Boulevard Christian Church and Union Avenue Christian Church celebrated Martin Luther King Day in a service called “It’s Time to Sing a New Song.” St. Louis illustrators John Dyess and Kevin Belford showed their work in a hallway of the church that served as an art gallery. Dyess showed work from textbooks he had illustrated, and from a book written by Eleanora E. Tate called To be Free, which is about a runaway slave. Belford's display featured …
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