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Lawrence and Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas county

Martin Luther King, Jr. celebrations abound in Lawrence

January 16, 2014

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Schools, churches and others plan events over the next few days to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.:

• AmeriCorps members from the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence and the United Way will hold a Day of Service event from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at 1430 Haskell Ave.

There will be several volunteer activities, including making scarves, bracelets and Valentine cards, as well packaging trail mix — all to be donated to area non-profits.

The Boys & Girls Club asks that anyone under 16 be accompanied by an adult.

• Kansas University will celebrate King's life with a series of events beginning at Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., at 4:30 p.m. Monday.

The commemoration will include a reading by Kenton Rambsy, a doctoral candidate in literature and a coordinator for The Project on the History of Black Writing at KU. A cappella group Genuine Imitation will perform.

Participants in a candlelight vigil will walk from Strong Hall to the Kansas Union, where another program will begin at 5:15 p.m. in the ballroom. Music will be provided by the Blue Jazz Trio. Clarence Lang, a KU associate professor of African and African-American studies, will speak.

Three essays about King, written by Liberty Memorial Central Middle School students, will be read.

• The Lawrence school district will put on several King-related ceremonies, all of which the public is invited to attend.

South Middle School will hold its annual Day of Celebration at 2:25 p.m. Friday in the school's main gymnasium. The event will feature music and performances from contest-winning student work. Retired teacher Betty Norwood will speak.

West Middle School will also host a ceremony at 2:20 p.m. on Monday.

New York Elementary's annual MLK Chili Feed will run from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday in the school's gym. Students will perform and collect written and oral histories from those who lived in the surrounding neighborhood or attended the school as a child.

• A community gospel musical will be performed at Free Methodist Church, 3001 Lawrence Ave., at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

• A community breakfast sponsored by the Lawrence Jayhawk Rotary Club by be at 7:30 a.m. Monday. Food will be served at Maceli's Banquet Hall, 1031 New Hampshire St. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling 785-842-3832. Attorney Albert J. Lopes will speak.

Comments

Leslie Swearingen 3 months ago

I am glad to see this happen. We should all take some time to think about how we think about others, and how we deal with them. Racism in all its forms are about how we talk to those we come into contact with every day of our lives.

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