NAACP service to recognize 50th anniversary of MLK's death

"I encourage Minnesotans to join on January 15, as we honor past civil rights leaders and renew our state's commitment to building a better future for all Minnesotans". Events are planned throughout the week under the theme "Deconstructing the Dream: At Whose Expense?"

The Union Valley Baptist Church, Lawrenceburg, and the pastor the Rev. Sheldon Rox will be host of the annual Martin Luther King March and Celebration Monday Jan. 15. All are welcome to participate by signing up at

Open House on the fourth floor of the Kankakee Public Library from 10 2 p.m. The service event benefits Charlotte-Mecklenburg nonprofits.

"This celebration is a chance to recognize the incredible legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as we continue our work today to advance greater justice and equity for everybody", said James Burroughs, Chief Inclusion Officer for the State of Minnesota. 4 p.m. Celebration of the black experience through opera, musical Broadway and spirituals ad art songs.

The speaker will be three students from Lawrenceburg High School and the guest speaker will be Bob Ewbank.

The culmination of the day's activities will be the evening program at 6 the Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Association Center, 801 Central Blvd., Guyton.

For more information about the weeklong celebration, including a complete listing of events, visit and follow along on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.