Matthew Simpkins with Oba William King

Oba William King draws Simpkins children

Mariah and Matthew Simpkins began their celebration of the Martin Luther King Holiday in Pekin at the breakfast in Pekin featuring storyteller Oba William King. The children celebrate the legacy of all who were not treated fairly including their Great Great Grandmother, Jennie Kelly. She was not allowed to attend school. Born in Charleston, SC in 1883 their Great Great Grandmother lived her life signing her name with an "X" until she passed in 1983. Oba William King's first statement was to call upon your ancestors and to share your heritage with one another. He reiterated the love that Dr. Martin Luther King preached as a Baptist Minister. Following his speech, children were allowed to join with him in song and later sign his CD, I love my People. Mariah and Matthew told him they were neighbors with his friend Garry Moore, anchor for WEEK TV.

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