Events planned to honor Martin Luther King Jr


Residents plan to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with events in Alamogordo on Saturday and Monday.

King's words will be long remembered, unlike Trump who we feel future generations will deride and disparage. The program will take place in the library's Children's Room.

The events occurring over the MLK celebratory weekend includes social events, religious services, educational presentations to youth and adults and concludes with a Commemorative March on Monday at noon on January 15, 2018.

Abigayle Lawson, victor of the 2018 MLK Oratorical Contest, will recite the "I Have a Dream" speech. The fiery oratory envisioned a world where people of all races could live in peace among one another, with equal rights for all. He was assassinated by gunman James Earl Ray as he prepared to lead a protest in sympathy with striking garbage workers in Memphis, Tenn. Though his life was cut short by an assassin's bullet, his fight for socioeconomic equality defines his legacy and continues even today.

The event is free and open to the public.

The interfaith service at Congregation Beth Emeth was a remembrance of Dr. King which featured music, religious readings, some of his quotes and a reading from one of his sermons. That activity, of course, echoes King's most famous speech.

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The Oneonta Chapter of the NAACP and the City of Oneonta Commission on Community Relations & Human Rights will host its annual birthday celebration of the civil rights leader from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church at 39 Walnut St.

He began last week by designating the historic site around King's Atlanta birth home as a national park.

IL can proudly claim to have been the first state in the nation to honor King with a state holiday, largely because of Washington's efforts - but it wasn't a straightforward fight, and not all IL politicos covered themselves in glory.

She said having the opportunity to be taught a new story of Dr. King is something each student should have the chance to learn.

"We're going to announce the kick-off of a new organization called the Coalition for Black and Jewish Unity", says Rev. Flowers.

While schools, state, city and federal offices are closed Monday, Jan. 15, for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, people should look at it as more than a day off, said Dr. Ricardo Brown, executive director of Living the Dream Inc. that coordinates numerous city's activities.