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Florence NAACP sets King celebration Jan. 21

January 11, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. – The Florence Branch of the NAACP will sponsor its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative celebration at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21.

The Rev. Norman Gamble, pastor of New Ebenezer Baptist Church, is scheduled to speak at the event, which will be held at Mount Zion A.M.E. Church at 1305 E. Cheves St. in Florence.

The theme of the celebration is “King’s Vision: Humanity Tied in a Garment of Destiny.”

Jan. 21 is the 2019 date of the commemoration of the birth of King, a nonviolent activist leader in the civil rights movement. King’s birthday was Jan. 15, 1929, but the holiday is celebrated on the third Monday of January to keep with a 1968 act establishing certain federal holidays (Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, and Veterans Day) on Mondays. The holiday was added to the federal calendar by President Ronald Reagan in 1983.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his efforts in battling racial inequality with nonviolent methods. He was a leader of the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955, the first president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, led struggles against segregation in Albany, Ga., and Birmingham, Ala., and organized the 1963 March on Washington. King delivered his “I have a dream” speech during the march. He was assassinated by James Earl Ray in Memphis, Tenn., In 1968.

Contact Jerry Keith, Jr., president of the Florence Branch of the NAACP, at 843-673-0693 or flobranchnaacp@att.net for more information.

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