Judge Sachs Shares a Personal Encounter
With Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs
U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs speaks about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
In April 1957, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke in Kansas City at the St. Stephens Baptist Church at Truman and Paseo.  And U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs was there to hear the speech and to shake Dr. King’s hand.  In celebration of Black History month, Judge Sachs described his encounter with Dr. King to court employees, recalling that the Kansas City speech concluded with the very “free at last” phrasing that would later be part of Dr. King’s famous remarks on the mall in Washington, D.C.  Judge Sachs spoke at the court’s annual “Soul Food Sampler” luncheon, and this year’s event was hosted by the court’s newly formed Diversity Council.

In addition to Judge Sachs, Cordell D. Meeks III, president and CEO of Meeks Multicultural Consulting, spoke on workplace diversity and challenged court employees to be aware of and to celebrate diversity among colleagues and visitors to the court.  His dialogue on contemporary issues combined with the glimpse of history from Judge Sachs and the great food made for a successful and educational event.   

Cordell D. Meeks
Cordell D. Meeks delivers
an inspiring presentation.


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