Speakers and performers from around the country will participate in this year's commemoration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr.
Musical and artistic events are planned in conjunction with the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, which will be observed Jan. 15.
The Ecumenical Fellowship's 11th annual King Day celebration will begin with a banquet at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13 in the Kansas Union Ballroom.
Actress Tommie Harris Stewart, whose stage name is Tonea Stewart, will present a dramatic interpretation during the banquet. Stewart, who is director of theater arts at Alabama State University, played the role of Miss Etta Kibbee in the television program ``In the Heat of the Night'' and has appeared in several movies, including ''Mississippi Burning.''
Tickets for the dinner and program are available at Cross Reference Bookstore, Kansas University's Office of Minority Affairs and the SUA box office. For information, call 843-8913 or 749-0835.
At 6:30 p.m. Jan. 14, the Rev. Kenny Anderson, a composer, performer and lecturer from the University of California-San Diego, will be the special guest for a gospel musical. The event, which will be at the Free Methodist Church, 3001 Lawrence Ave., is free and open to the public.
At noon Jan. 15, Bishop George D. McKinney of the St. Stephen's Church of God in Christ in San Diego, will speak during a commemorative service at KU's Lied Center. McKinney, a marriage and family counselor and former probation officer, has written several books and is a popular convention speaker.
Through Jan. 31, a traveling exhibit on ``Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement'' is on display during regular business hours in the main lobby of city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.
Through photographs and speeches, the Kansas Humanities Council's exhibit documents King's life from his emergence as a civil rights leader in 1955 to his assassination in 1968. It includes such significant events as the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott and the civil rights march on Washington, D.C.
The exhibit is sponsored locally by Douglas County Senior Services.