King Day Events Include Speeches, Parades, Marches

Events scheduled in the metropolitan Oklahoma City area to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day will include speeches, parades, marches and other activities.

The national holiday is Monday, Jan. 16.

Activities are sponsored by the Oklahoma City Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Coalition with the theme, “MLK:  His Story, Our Legacy.”

Other events will be sponsored by other organizations:

These are the scheduled events:

  • At 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15, the annual King Day program at the John Missionary Baptist Church, 5700 N. Kelley Ave., will feature an address by Rev. Lee E. Cooper Jr., pastor of the Prospect Baptist Church.

“Together, We Can Be the Dream” is the theme of that program.

  • The annual “King Day Cross-Cultural Program” will be held at the Temple B’nai Israel, 4901 N. Pennsylvania
    , at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 15.

That dinner program will feature speakers from the temple, the Respect Diversity Foundation and the Oklahoma City branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Also, the Jewish Theater will present the production, “Radical Friendship,” at 6:30 p.m.

The two-person play by Jane Marta Robinson explores an ongoing conversation that took place between spiritual leaders King and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Herschel from 1963-1972.

Jan. 16

  • The annual King Day prayer Breakfast will be held at 7:30 a.m. at the Reed Conference Center at the Sheraton Hotel Midwest City, 5800 Will Rogers Rd.

“It Starts With Me:  Realizing the Dream” will be the theme.

Tickets are 425 each and can be purchased at the Nick Harroz Community Center, 200 N. Midwest Blvd.

  • The King day Job Fair will be held from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Douglass High School, 900 N. Martin Luther King Ave.

It will be sponsored by the Oklahoma City King Coalition.

  • The coalition’s opening program will begin at 9 a.m. at the Freedom Center, 2500 N. King Ave.

At 9:45 a.m., the Silent March will start at the Freedom Center and proceed to the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive.

There, the annual Bell-Ringing Ceremony will be held.

  • Then, Rev. Michael McDaniel, pastor of the Northeast Missionary Baptist Church, will be the speaker at the Bell-Ringing Ceremony.
  • The King Day Parade will begin at 2 0.m. at NW Sixth Street and Walker Avenue.

The parade will proceed end at N. Reno Avenue and N. Walker.

  • The Norman King Day of Service will include a food pantry drive from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the McFarland Memorial United Methodist Church, as well as other events throughout Norman.

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