Martin Luther King Jr. Day events planned in New Mexico

Martin Luther King Jr. Day events planned in New Mexico

Thousands of people in Sacramento are expected to honor Martin Luther King Jr. on his birthday Monday - the first time MLK Day has fallen on January 15 since 2007. The play will be at 2 p.m. January 15 in Daggy Hall.

President Donald Trump delivered a speech to honor the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination on Friday morning, just a day after he allegedly used the term "shithole" to describe Haiti and African countries during a meeting with lawmakers.

First, the Freedom March will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will leave from the Lexington Center Heritage Hall on West Main Street.

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is scheduled to hold a civil rights rally at Boutwell Auditorium at 12 p.m. King was the first president of the organization. "It is commendable that the students of Mississippi State University and the Starkville community would use his holiday to promote the unity and service that Dr. King spent his life working for. It's an inspiring day, and it's one that is a strong reminder and one that orients us for every other day that follows", Holcomb said.

House of Justice, Jan. 15, noon to 3 p.m.

In the spirit of the MLK celebration, the HRC also gives out a Human Rights Award each year. This year's event will feature Oscar-winner and "Black Panther" star Lupita Nyong'o, Grammy-winning hip-hop MC/lyricist Black Thought of The Roots and "A Wrinkle In Time" star Storm Reid, with comedian and author Baratunde Thurston returning this year as event MC.

5-7:30 p.m. - MLK Day community block party barbecue at the Murdoch Center. There will also be a movie screening, a talk and an art exhibition. Call to Service. Immediately following the parade, the Call to Service is a drop-in volunteer event with family-friendly projects benefiting the American Red Cross, public school literacy efforts, Baby Bundles, Promising Pages and the Love in Action Project.

The breakout sessions range from a spoken word performance to discussions about immigration, civil rights, hip hop as a tool for change and the impact of childhood trauma. The cost is $25, $20 for seniors and $15 for students.

"I hope my students learn more about the city they live in and consider what they can contribute to making it a better place to live and work", Bond said.

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