Today marks the 85th birthday anniversary of of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
To celebrate King's legacy, the local Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee has several events planned beginning Saturday.
The theme for this year is "Many Faces…One Community Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, an open swim will be held at the YMCA. Swimmers must wear approved swimwear.
The "Same Kind of Difference" a youth celebration will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday beginning in Gooch Gym and will continue with activities in the Sports Complex lobby, followed by a light snack and drink. The celebration will consist of guest speakers from within the community. Additional activities will consist of balloon art, face painting, and creating poster/banners related to the legacy of King.
Volunteers are need for this event. Each volunteer will be assigned a small group of children/youth to direct and assist them throughout the activities. According to Jaye Jackson, chairperson of this year's celebration, each volunteer leader is asked to wear a red shirt and black pants. Anyone who is available to help with the setup of the activities area should contact Jackson at 253-7257.
Monday's events will begin with a prayer breakfast from 9-11 a.m. at Second Missionary Baptist Church with the theme "Spiritual Blessings Will Come."
At 11:30 a.m. people will gather at the Mexico United Methodist Church to march to the Audrain Couthouse.
The "Many Faces…One Community Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." program will begin at noon at the courthouse. The Rev. Terry Kukuk, pastor at First Presbyterian Church, will be the guest speaker.
At 6 p.m. a community musical "Up With People" will be held at St. Paul CME Church.
Anyone with questions should contact Jackson (573) 253-7257 for questions, concerns.