How do you mark Martin Luther King Day?

Johnson City Press • Jan 14, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Monday marks the 32nd observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, an annual holiday created to celebrate the life and work of America’s most revered civil rights leader. Many Americans, however, will mark this date simply as another Monday.

Some civil rights leaders believe more events should be held on this date to remember the man who is probably best known for his impassioned “I have a dream” speech, which he delivered in 1963 to a civil rights rally on The Mall in Washington, D.C.

With local schools in recess Monday for the federal holiday, Johnson City’s Carver Recreation Center and East Tennessee State University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs will present a roster of Martin Luther King Jr. Storytime activities for children and youth of all ages between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. The storytime program is free, and lunch will be provided.

In keeping with the Day of Service designation, which has been a central part of MLK day since 1994, the Carver center will hold a blood drive for the American Red Cross from noon to 5 p.m. on Monday.

The center will also host a free Martin Luther King Jr. Community Dinner and awards ceremony, which begins at 6 p.m. Monday. The dinner program will include special recognitions for new Carver Recreation Center Hall of Fame inductees and recipients of the recreation center’s Martin Luther King Jr. Beyond the Call of Duty Award.

The honorees will include the late Frank Crowder, James and Brenda Crowder, the family of D.D. Stuart, several Carver volunteers and others.

Do you participate in Martin Luther King Jr. Day events? If you do, please tell us what they are. If you don’t, let us know know why. Is it for a lack of interest, or for a lack of opportunity?

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