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Update – The MLK Jr. Day Celebration was rescheduled to Feb. 24 due to the weather, coinciding with Black History Month.

In a fitting tribute to one of America’s most iconic civil rights leaders, the local community is gearing up to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a series of events that encapsulate his spirit and enduring legacy. The day, which has been a federal holiday since 1983, is observed annually on the third Monday of January. This year, the celebrations are slated for January 15, 2024.

Dr. King, renowned for his pivotal role in advancing the Civil Rights Movement through non-violent means, left an indelible mark on the fight against racial discrimination. His methods and messages garnered worldwide attention and support, making him a central figure in the struggle for racial equality. Tragically, Dr. King’s life was cut short when he was assassinated in 1968, a loss that reverberated across the globe.

The local observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a vibrant affair, encompassing a march, a celebration program, and a community meal. These events will take place at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, underscoring the community’s commitment to honoring Dr. King’s memory. The day is not just a remembrance but also a call to action, urging community members to engage in service and education to address ongoing societal issues.

This year’s program is especially noteworthy, featuring Cleo Wynn as the keynote speaker. Wynn’s participation is a collaboration between the DAVID Ministerial Alliance, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated – Omega Alpha Omega Chapter, and the MLK Advisory Board. The march, a symbolic representation of unity and progress, will begin at 2:45 p.m. at the American Legion Hall Senior Center, culminating at the Martin L. King, Jr. Recreation Center. The program will kick off immediately after the march, promising an educational and uplifting experience with entertainment, resources, and a reflection on Dr. King’s profound impact.

Through these events, the community not only pays homage to Dr. King’s extraordinary life and achievements but also renews its commitment to the ideals he championed. It’s a day of reflection, education, and community service, honoring a legacy that continues to inspire and guide us in the ongoing pursuit of justice and equality.

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