Jan. 12, 2018 Editorial: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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The city of Auburn Hills will be hosting a community-service focused event in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.

When community members march from the Warren County Justice Center to State Street Baptist Church on Monday, they'll remember the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

This year four individuals as well as one local organization received leadership awards for public service.

The federal holiday honoring the civil rights leader, who was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., in April, 1968, is Monday, Jan. 16th. "I know we can continue together, to continue this march to make sure that Dr. King's dream never dies", Holcomb said.

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On Monday night, another service will take place at a Topeka church and will reach the quarter-century mark in the process.

All National Park Service sites - including Grand Canyon, Sunset Crater, Glen Canyon, etc. -will have free admission on January 15 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Volunteers are asked to check-in at The Mill Conference Center at 8 a.m., which includes breakfast and a free t-shirt. Franks said transportation will be provided to those who require it.

Many Springfield residents gathered Friday to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and celebrate the diversity in the city. In Central Texas, there are several events planned throughout the weekend leading up to MLK Jr. A program beginning at 12:30 p.m.at Macedonia Baptist Church features guest speakers Daniel Blaine, pastor of Mt. Ararat Missionary Baptist Church of Bartlett, and Rev. Steve Miller, project director and founder of the HBCU Truth & Reconciliation Oral History Project. A soup supper will precede the service at 6:30 p.m.

"Dr. King thought that the ballot was a very important tool to use in order to change society". "Representative Ellis' role in this program exemplifies how much our leadership is committed to promoting unity and benevolence within the community".

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