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Princeton program to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

PRINCETON — A public program observing the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Prouty Building, 435 S. Main St., Princeton.

The entire community is invited to attend this observance of the national holiday honoring the legacy of American civil rights leader, world humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The gathering will include short readings from Dr. King’s speeches on the themes of poverty, racism and war, as well as music and reflections on Dr. King’s legacy for us today. Mayor Keith Cain will welcome people on behalf of the city of Princeton. Pastor Dwight Bailey of the First Christian Church and Pastor Mary Gay McKinney of Open Prairie UCC will give brief remarks. The two churches are the organizers of what is believed to be Princeton’s first communitywide observance of the King holiday.

Children are invited to participate by writing 50 words or less about why they like Dr. King, something new they have learned about him or why we observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Drawing a picture in honor of Dr. King is another possibility. Children or parents can download a simple form for this from the First Christian Church website at www.princetonfirstchristian.com. Children’s contributions can be emailed to princetondisciples@gmail.com or to mail@openprairie.org, or they may be dropped off at either of the sponsoring churches. They will be displayed and integrated into the program at the Prouty Building on Jan. 20.

Parents are encouraged to bring their children to this community event appropriate for all ages. The program will last less than one hour.

For more information, call First Christian Church at 815-879-0916 or Open Prairie at 815-872-5150.

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