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Parade, events planned to commemorate MLK Day

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration on Monday, Jan. 18, will commemorate the civil rights leader’s legacy and achievements.

“The Courage to Love,” the 2016 MLK Celebration theme, will emphasize the lasting impact of King’s work.

The day will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the New St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 310 N. Main, with a march to St. Bernards Auditorium, 505 E. Washington.

The auditorium will be the site of a noontime celebration featuring guest speaker Dr. Cynthia Bond Hopson.

Hopson, an author and educator, serves as the assistant general secretary for the Black College Fund and Ethnic Concerns. Previously she taught journalism at the University of Memphis.

Also speaking will be A-State Chancellor Tim Hudson and State Sen. John Cooper of Jonesboro.

Additional program participants representing various churches, organizations and other sponsors will include the Rev. and Mrs. Kurbe Newsom, Elder Glen Conley, Cathalene Thigpen-Stephens, MLK Praise Team, MLK Singers, MLK Dancers and Michael Hooks, Jr.

The Northeast Arkansas Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Planning Committee, chaired by the Rev. Dr. Ray Scales, is organizing the event.

For more information about the 2016 MLK Celebration, call (870) 972-2048.

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