MLK celebration and march set in Elkins

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Civil rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize victor Martin Luther King Jr. will be honored at Iowa State University and in the Ames community throughout the month of January.

A youth oratorical contest and a concert at the Mosaic Templar's Cultural Center are among the events scheduled for the week leading up to Mega Kingfest on Monday, January 15, at the North Little Rock High School Performing Arts Center. Events are planned throughout the week under the theme "Deconstructing the Dream: At Whose Expense?"

Monday, Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Volunteers will meet at 8:30 Alumni Hall in the HUB-Robeson Center and will be dispersed to various locations throughout the community. Volunteers should bring warm clothing in the event they are assigned to an outdoor service activity.

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"This celebration is a chance to recognize the incredible legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as we continue our work today to advance greater justice and equity for everybody", said James Burroughs, Chief Inclusion Officer for the State of Minnesota.

There will be other MLK memorial services in Evansville all week, including one Sunday at 7 the New Hope Baptist Church.

Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served and a live DJ will be on hand for entertainment. 4 p.m. Celebration of the black experience through opera, musical Broadway and spirituals ad art songs. A joyful celebration will follow from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.