Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday, and Emporia will be celebrating the day with a full slate of events.
Everything starts at 10:45am, with a free children's program at Emporia State University Webb Hall. At 5:15pm, the annual march will take place, starting at the Granada Theater and going to First Friends Church. After the march, dinner will be served at 5:45pm at First Friends Church, followed by a community celebration at 7pm.
Pastor Andrew McHenry of First Congregational Church gave more details on the celebration:
Rev. Larry Williams of St. James says, now that the torch of civil rights has been passed from one generation to another, it's a good time to get involved.
For more information, contact McHenry at 342-6854.
In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, a special film series will be screening over the next few weeks.
"Freedom Riders" will be shown at 6 pm Jan. 23 at the Memorial Union Preston Family Room.
"The Loving Story" will take place off campus -- 6 pm Jan. 29 at the Emporia Public Library.
"The Abolitionists" is next. That movie will screen Feb. 6 at the Memorial Union Preston Family Room.
The series closes with "Slavery by Another Name," screening Feb. 13 at the ESU White Library Learning Commons.
The movie series is part of "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle" through the National Endowment for the Humanities. It also marks the 50th anniversary of King's March on Washington. ESU is one of over 470 colleges and universities showing the series.