Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebrations

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of this creed..."

Most schools across mid-Michigan and all government offices are closed Monday, January 15, in honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis in 1968.

There a few events going on locally to honor him Monday with many people using this day off as a day of service and remembrance.

In Lansing -- the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission is holding its annual luncheon at the Lansing Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The keynote speaker this year is Diane Nash. She's considered a pioneer of the nonviolent civil rights movement. Nash chaired the first successful campaign to desegregate lunch counters in Nashville. She also worked on passing the voting rights act of 1965.

Martin Luther King Jr. led many marches and on Monday afternoon, students at Michigan State University will march across campus in honor of Dr. King's legacy.

The commemorative march starts at 3:15 p.m. at the MSU Union.

MSU students will also be participating in a day of service. This takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Some of the projects that will be worked on are making kids food baskets for children that do not have access to dinner at home. Another project is called "Operation Gratitude," which has students writing thank you letters and messages of encouragement to veterans and active service members. The third project is where students will create signs supporting an issue that is dear to them to be displayed in the march at 3 p.m.

Over at Cooley Law School, the Lansing campus Black Law Students Association and Student Bar Association will host a discussion with Mike Karl from Cardboard Prophets, which is a street-based outreach program in Lansing. His presentation begins at noon in the law school's lobby.
After the speech, students, faculty, and staff will volunteer at All Washed Up Laundromat, washing and drying laundry of those in need from the community.

There are many other other MLK Jr. day events happening in other parts of the state and country as well.

Reverend King's namesake son, Martin Luther King the third, will be one of the speakers at Monday's wreath-laying ceremony at the MLK Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.

And, King's daughter, Dr. Bernice King, will honor her late father at an annual service at the historic Ebenezer Baptist church in Atlanta.