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January 16, 2014

MLK Day to be celebrated Monday in White Springs

Jasper — The town of White Springs will be celebrating their 3rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 20, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Community Center on US 41, across from Munchies, and the public is invited to attend.

White Springs Mayor Helen Miller noted that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was the chief spokesman for non-violent activism in the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. The campaign for a federal holiday in Dr. King's honor, she said, began soon after his assassination in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.

In keeping with Dr. King’s words,  “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others?”, the event will honor two local leaders with the town’s Beautiful Dreamer Award. The program will include music, dance and storytelling.

After the formal program, lunch will be served.

For additional information, please call town hall at 386-397-2310 and ask to speak with Mrs. Anita Rivers who is coordinating the event.

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