As the nation prepares to celebrate the birthday of a slain civil rights leader, Miami Valley residents are asked to reflect on how humans treat one another, according to one of the organizers of the Dayton-area’s holiday celebration.
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Upcoming MLK Day Holiday events
- 11 a.m., Today - Emancipation Proclamation program at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 5301 Free Pike
- 7:30 a.m., Jan. 10 - The Rev. Charles Holmes of Grace A.M.E. Church of Bellefontaine will be the guest speaker at the Interfaith Prayer Breakfast at the Mandalay Banquet Center, 2700 East River Road. Cost is $30. For tickets, call Carol Prewitt at 626-8720.
- 6:30 p.m., Jan. 12 - Pastor Hence Coats of Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church will be the guest speaker at the MLK Day worship service at Zion Baptist Church, 1684 Earlham Dr.
- 7 p.m., Jan. 17 - MLK K-12 art, poetry and prose contest and scholarship contest will be the highlight of the 29th Annual Margaret E. Peters School Program Awards Ceremony held at Thurgood Marshall High School, 4447 Hoover Ave.
- 6 p.m. Jan. 19 - MLK Musical Concert. Location to be announced.
- 10 a.m., Jan. 20 - MLK Memorial March and Rally will begin at the Charles R. Drew Health Center, 1323 W. Third St. and end at Dayton Convention Center.
- 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jan. 20 - Teens and their families are invited to attend the Violence Prevention MLK Teen Celebration at the Neon Movies, 130 E. Fifth St. The program will feature the movie “42” or Lee Daniels’ “The Butler,” depending on the availability of the films. The free event is designed to bring awareness of methods to diffuse and manage violent behaviors. For more information, call Barbara Hudson-Banner at 287-6056.
- 6 p.m., Jan. 20 - The Rev. Rodney Kennedy of First Baptist Church will be the keynote speaker at the MLK Celebration Banquet at the Dayton Convention Center. The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company also will perform. Cost is $60. For tickets, call Carol Prewitt at 626-8720.
- 7p.m., Jan. 21 - Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Prize winner, will be the keynote speaker at the University of Dayton’s annual MLK Jr. Holiday celebration on the second floor of the Kennedy Union ballroom. For more information, call Sheila Hassell Hughes at 229-2245.
- Jan. 25 (time to be announced) - The University of Dayton presents the Martin Luther King Social Justice Plunge program, which will focus on the history and current state of racial and economic segregation in Dayton. Cost is $15. For more information, call UD’s Center for Social Concern at 229-2576.
- 10 a.m., noon & 2 p.m., Jan. 22 - The Bolinga Black Cultural Resources Center and the Student Reach Committee will be hosting a viewing of the new documentary “Letters from Birmingham Jail,” in the Apollo Room in the Student Union at Wright State University. Cost is free. For more information, call the center at 775-5645.