Public invited to area events honoring Martin Luther King Jr

Pastor Raphael Gamaliel Warnock of Ebenezer Baptist Church receives a

Pastor Raphael Gamaliel Warnock of Ebenezer Baptist Church receives a"President's Fulfilling the Dream Award during during a Martin Luther King Celebration

"This is a way for neighborhoods that have been underserved or bladed where people have been moving out for years and create the type of community they want to move back to." said Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, Mayor of Columbus.

Hundreds got a jump start Saturday honoring Martin Luther King Jr prior to the holiday on Monday. The march will then travel one loop of the Limestone County Courthouse before continuing on Marion Street to Pryor Street, then ending at the Limestone County Event Center, 114 W. Pryor St., for the Martin Luther King Jr.

Pena said that Unidos often begins its meetings with a quote of Dr. King's, "Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that".

King was born January 15, 1929, and was fatally shot by an assassin on April 4, 1968. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased by calling Prosperity Real Estate at 623-1957, online at or at the door on the day of the event.

"I'm very involved in advocating for rights in general and it's part of why I'm so happy and honored to be the keynote speaker", Pena said. Holiday Coalition and center around honoring the memory of King and the civil rights movement, as well as offering opportunities for community involvement.

Bernice King the daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is seen outside of The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta on Wed. Jan. 10 2018

"You have to know how today affects tomorrow". In addition to Pena, that will include a performance by the Edwards Elementary School Folklorio Dance group, a spoken word piece by George Fox University's Israel Hammond and a performance by Newberg High School's Vocal Point choir ensemble. A march will be hosted at 11:15 a.m.

Locally, the day will be marked with a parade and various activities, just as the holiday is celebrated each year.

Ten students recieved scholarships and two others were recognized for their community service inspired by the civil rights activist.

About 560 people attended, said John Nave, a board member for Living the Dream.

A local observance will be held beginning at 5 Cine El Rey in downtown McAllen.

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