Several local events are planned for this year's Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, which will be observed Monday.
The Rev. C.T. Vivian, Atlanta, will speak at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Kansas Union Ballroom, where a banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Vivian, a civil rights activist for 44 years, marched with King during the 1960s civil rights movement.
On Sunday, a gospel musical featuring area students in kindergarten through grade 12 will be held at 6 p.m. at the Lawrence High School Auditorium. Admission is free.
Daisy Belle Thomas-Quinney, a dramatist and educator, will give presentations on Sojourner Truth at 10 a.m. Monday at Kennedy School, and at 9:50 a.m. and 1:05 p.m. Tuesday at West Junior High School.
A public performance will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at Liberty Hall, 642 Mass. A small donation will be asked for this performance.
The Rev. Frederick G. Sampson of Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit will officiate a Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative service at noon Monday at Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vt.
Local events are sponsored by Ecumenical Fellowship Inc., Lawrence Public Schools, the Kansas State Board of Education, KU's office of minority affairs and Haskell Indian Junior College.
For more information about local Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities, contact the Rev. William Dulin at 843-8913.