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Three-day King celebration set

January 15, 2019

Today would have marked the 90th birthday of acclaimed civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

King was slain by an assassin’s bullet in 1968, and since 2000, the entire nation has recognized Martin Luther King Jr. Day to commemorate his life and works. The federal holiday arrives again on Monday, and the local Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation has planned numerous events. They include:

• An open house at the Kankakee Public Library will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The youth-themed event will include games, a showing of the movie “Black Panther,″ refreshments, story time, a coloring contest, and a visit by Super Heroes.

• A Gospel Tribute will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Greater New Hope Baptist Church located at 1591 E. Cedar St. in Kankakee. David Richardson will receive the Coretta Scott King Music Award during this event.

• The annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Quality Inn in Bradley.

• The series of events will conclude with an Ecunemical Service set for 10 a.m. Monday at the Mount Calvary Baptist Church located at 7376 East Illinois St. in Sun River Terrace. The keynote speaker will be the Rev. K. Edward Copeland. Judge J. Imani Drew will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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