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In honor of the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Lenoir-Rhyne University (LRU) will host the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day brings a three-day weekend early in the semester. Day breakfast and panel discussion at 10 a.m.at the First Baptist Church, 65 W. Fourth St.in Chillicothe.
A first-time event is planned for January 20 in an effort to celebrate civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
LINK: 32nd Annual MLK, Jr. A festival will also take place at Hemming Park following the parade.
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This year however, the format of the event is set to change and focus on arts performances and student participation, said Helaine Jeffers, who serves on the county's Martin Luther King Jr.
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A major goal of the event is to inspire citizens of all ages to get involved in community service, King's passion; so everyone is invited to a dialogue hour from 4 to 5 p.m.to share ideas and discuss opportunities for meaningful service in our community. Activities begins at 10 a.m. and culminate with a celebration on the main stage at 12 p.m., followed by singing of Happy Birthday to Dr. King and sharing of birthday cake at 12:30 p.m. From the thousands of children who marched and were jailed in the Birmingham Children's March to Ruby Bridges and the many others who bravely integrated schools, to 15-year-old Claudette Colvin who refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus nine months before Rosa Parks and so many more, our nation's history is filled with courageous children who stood up for what was right.