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M.L. KIN Concerts, prayer breakfast, acts of community service remember late civil-rights le


Monday, Jan. 20, is the federal holiday commemorat­ing the birthday of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Although his birthday was actually Jan. 15, M.L. King Day is always observed on the third Monday of January each year.

King was the leading advocate for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement, which protested racial discrimina­tion in federal and state law. The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began after his assassinat­ion in 1968. Former President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, but it wasn’t until 2000 that the day was observed in all 50 states for the first time.

In 1994, the King Holiday and Service Act was passed, which encourages citizens to use the federal holiday as a day of service to volunteer in their communitie­s.

Southern Adventist University students, employees and alumni will continue the university’s tradition of honoring M.L. King Jr. through service to their community. Approximat­ely 1,000 participan­ts will serve more than 45 45 local organizati­ons and c members within the Chattan Monday.

Among locations where S volunteers will be found wil American Red Cross, Cham for Children, Chattanoog­a C Kitchen, Salvation Army, Sa ter and Erlanger Health Syst

› God, Universe, Natur Dream to End Gun Violen Village Community United Church, 1403 Tunnel Blvd., 6 698-3121.

› M.L. King Prayer Bre Celebratio­n: Greater Tucke Church, 1115 N. Moore Road, tin-luther-king-prayer-break tion-tickets-8375977072­9?aff search

Dr. Catherine Meeks, aut utive director of the Absalo ter for Racial Healing in Atl guest speaker at this breakfa by Unity Group of Chattano

› Coffee Talk with Kre shia Whiteside: The Chatt Rossville Ave., Suite 108, 11 a fee-talk-with-kreneshia-whit ets-8658277641­5?aff=ebdssbd

Coffee Talk offers the cha nect, sip coffee and have con with creatives in the area. W share her perspectiv­e as a bl working in the art world and floor to discuss the topic of the creative field. This dialo gested for anyone currently planning to work in the art


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