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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events in Oklahoma City

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the third Monday of every January, and this year, that date is the 16th (Dr. King’s actual birthday is the 15th).  This national holiday is celebrated in a variety of ways.  This year, there are several events going on in Oklahoma City.

The day will start off with a prayer breakfast at 7:00 am.  It will be held at the Reed Conference Center at Rose State College in Midwest City, and there is a cost of $10 per person to cover food.  At 9:00 am, a silent march will begin at the Freedom Center in OKC.  The march, a tribute to the marches done as part of the civil rights movement, will end at the Oklahoma History Center.

Following the march at 11:00, a short program will be held in front of the History Center.  The replica of the Liberty Bell will be rung at this time.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition of Oklahoma City will hold their own program at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral starting at noon.  The program will feature a number of different speakers and a recitation of Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.  The program will be finished by 2:00 pm so attendees can attend the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade.  This parade begins at the corner of Northwest 7th and Broadway.  You can watch from any area between Broadway and Sheridan, plus grandstands will be set up at Northwest 5th and Broadway.

Many other activities are going on that honor Dr. King.  For example, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma asked for volunteers to help sort food donations as part of their MLK Day of Service.

The Alternate Crop blog has some photos from last year’s parade.

The Casady YAC blog has a little more information regarding the 2011 events.


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