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Datebook: January 16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a U.S. federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. King 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 King’s honor began soon after his assassination, in 1968. Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed on January 20, 1986. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000. Happy Birthday Dr. King!

MLK Day Events:

Several events will be held today around the Purchase in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday. In Murray, the Woodmen of the World are holding an MLK breakfast at their office on Lowry Drive. Also in Murray, students will participate in a day of service until 5pm. In Paducah, the local chapter of the NAACP begins their celebration at 10:15 am with a march from the Robert Cherry Civic Center to the MLK Monument. A prayer breakfast in Henry County, Tennessee begins at the Quinn Chapel AME Church in Paris followed by a march to the local courthouse.

It’s Monday, January 16

The Kentucky State Police and the UK Cooperative Extension Service host a Farmer Outreach forum tonight at 7 at the Calloway County Fair Grounds meeting hall. Topics of discussion will include safety regulations, licensing requirements and driver qualifications, and new legislation in effect for Kentucky farm operations.

The WKCTC Community Chorus begins a new year of practice and performances tomorrow night at 7 in Room 109 of the Clemens Fine Arts Building. The non-audition performing group is open to anyone with an interest in choral singing. To join the chorus or to find out more, contact Norman Wurgler at 534-3219.

The Yeiser Art Center in Paducah showcases outstanding high school artwork in an exhibit called Teen Spirit. Eleven high schools and area home school students are participating in the juried exhibit, which will be on display through February 11. The Yeiser Art Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from ten to four; admission is free.

See details at wkms.org, and thanks for listening.

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