Observances for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday are occurring over the next several days, and a key event again this year is the Civil Rights Unity March on Monday.
The annual march forms at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the U.S. Courthouse at Riverside and Monroe.
At 10 a.m., the march will take off through downtown streets to the Convention Center. There, marchers will hear speeches by Mayor Jack Geraghty and others.
The march will be followed by an open house and reception at the Martin Luther King Jr. Family Outreach Center, S845 Sherman.
On Sunday, a special event will be held in the Lair at Spokane Community College. It begins at 5 p.m. with a resource fair involving African-American businesses and services.
Following the fair at 6 p.m., Percy Watkins, pastor of the New Hope Baptist Church, will be the keynote speaker during an observance celebration in the Lair lounge.
Here are some other events scheduled around the King day observance:
Today, Rev. Watkins will recite King’s “I Have a Dream” speech at 11:30 a.m. in the Sasquatch Room of the Lair student center at Spokane Community College.
On Monday, Watkins will deliver the same speech during a 2 p.m. worship service at the Deaconess Medical Center auditorium. The service is open to the public.
On Wednesday, the Gonzaga University School of Law will sponsor a roundtable discussion titled, “Come Share Your Dream.” Leaders in the legal community and college educators will talk about what King’s dream means to them. The event will be at 4:30 p.m. in the law school’s library, E601 Sharp.
Also on Wednesday, Washington State University will hold an observance with a speech by King’s son, Martin Luther King III.
He is the second oldest of King’s four children, and was 10 years old when his father was assassinated in 1968.
The event begins at 6:15 p.m. with a unity march from the Multicultural Center to the Compton Union Building. The speech will be in the CUB auditorium at 7 p.m.
On Jan. 21, the author of the book, “The Murkin Conspiracy: An Investigation into the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” will appear at The Met theater.
Author Philip H. Melanson will give his free public speech at 7 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by GU’s law school and Eastern Washington University.
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