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Americans celebrate MLK holiday with host of commemorative events

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Inside The Pew staff report

On what would have been the 85th birthday of the Civil Rights leader, a host of organizations are holding commemorative events inRon Sims honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Below are some of the events submitted to us.

In Seattle, Wash., the second annual Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast will honor local leaders with the Vision From the Mountaintop Award on Jan. 20 beginning at 7 a.m. at the Westin Hotel, 1900 5th Ave. Ron Sims, deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will deliver the keynote address at the breakfast. The Rev. Allen A. Belton, Senior Partner at Reconciliation Ministries with Breakthrough Partners and The Beloved Community of the Puget Sound Area in cooperation with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee are collaborators of the breakfast.

In Grand Rapids, Mich., Bishop P.A. Brooks, founder of New St. Paul Tabernacle Church of God in Christ in Detroit, will speak during a chapel service at 10 a.m. at Cornerstone University. The Cornerstone University Multi-Cultural Organization will host Bishop Brooks as part of the campus MLK celebration. “Bishop Brooks will share historical moments from his personal relationships with Dr. King, Rosa Park and Mandela,” said Eric Lewis, multicultural advisor on campus.

In Charlotte, N.C., the YMCA of Greater Charlotte will host its 20th annual MLK Prayer Breakfast at the Charlotte Convention Center’sHilton Harper Crown Ballroom from 8 to 9:30 a.m. The keynote speaker is actor Hill Harper. Best known for his role as Dr. Sheldon Hawkes on CSI: NY, Harper is also a graduate of Harvard Law School and the author of New York Times best seller “Letters to a Young Brother: Manifest Your Destiny.” As a special gift to the city of Charlotte and in honor of the event’s 20th year, the YMCA will show a video titled DREAM Charlotte: A Tribute from the Voices of Charlotte’s Living Generations.

In Chattanooga, Tenn., Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, will speak to students at the McCallie School for boy on his grandfather’s philosophy and the role that it played in shaping both Dr. King and the American Civil Rights Movement on Jan. 20. King once called Gandhi “the guiding light of our technique of nonviolent social change.” McCallie Headmaster Dr. Kirk Walker said, “We are very pleased that our school community can salute Dr. Martin Luther King’s life and legacy by hearing from the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, a man whose vision and work served as an inspiration to Dr. King. Their message of hope and nonviolence remains as important today as it was in the last century.”

On Jan. 17, the student body of Indiana Wesleyan University held a wide celebration to honor King. The MLK Celebration Concert, Living the Dream, took place in the auditorium of the Phillippe Performing Arts Center on the main campus of Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, IN. Indiana Wesleyan University is an evangelical Christian comprehensive university of The Wesleyan Church. The University, founded in 1920, is committed to global liberal arts and professional education.