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Martin Luther King Jr

Martin Luther King Jr

President Donald Trump on Friday signed a proclamation to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day a federal holiday but it wasn't until 2000 that all 50 states recognized it as a paid holiday for all state employees. King, whose life and legacy elevated the critical importance of equality for all, continues to be a spiritual guiding force for the continuing struggle to achieve civil rights for all.

The event is free and open to the public.

In the 21 Century, there have been gains in civil rights and racism may not be as overt as it was in Dr. King's lifetime (although overt racism can still be found) but many African-Americans feel there are still barriers to equal opportunities for them and believe they are harassed and assaulted by police at a greater rate than whites. Cake and ice cream will be served after the program. Sunday will begin with a 2:30 p.m. rally at the City Plaza, followed by a march through the downtown led by children ending at Trinity United Methodist Church, 285 E. Fifth St., for a 4 p.m. inspirational program.

Oroville's annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast scholarship event runs 8 a.m. -noon Monday at the Southside Oroville Community Center, 2959 Lower Wyandotte Road. The march will return via the same route.

Arneson also brought current events into the discussion.

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Arneson said a legacy doesn't have to be something big, like King's speech.

"You gotta make sure that there's positive things that's going around, and not just looking at the negative".

Confused by the situation, Tucker said she looked for answers from her father, who attempted to explain the Memphis Sanitation Strike in a way that she could understand. Please join, us on this grand occasion, to show our nation, state and community the true meaning of patriotic homage to a man who felt it not robbery to give the ultimate sacrifice, his life. "But since you have the elected leader of our country speaking profanely about people from other places in a way that's really pretty explicit, it becomes, I think, even more important to affirm another stream of values that King represented". Day is a day on, not a day off.

"After the bad assassination of our great leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who I knew from watching the news with my parents was a great man, I remember it was the first time I saw my dad cry", she said.


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