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Activities set for MLK holiday

Each year the River Falls Community Gospel Choir, directed by Camilla Horne, performs for those who attend the annual River Falls Community Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast held 7-9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, in the fellowship hall of St. Bridget Catholic Church, 211 E. Division St.

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’”

Those words invoke in many the memory of a man, Martin Luther King Jr., a leader in the 1960s civil rights movement who promoted non-violent protest.

Since 1986, the third Monday in January has been declared a national holiday to honor King’s contributions.

And while students, state and federal workers have the day off of work and school, many around River Falls take part in the annual River Falls Community Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast.

Kathy Scott, event general coordinator, said we should honor King “because he is more than a symbol of equality for African Americans in our county, he is a national hero who inspires peaceful resolution of conflicts and community service.”

This year’s River Falls Community Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast will be held for the seventh time from 7-9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, in the St. Bridget Catholic Church Fellowship Hall, 211 East Division St.

A hot breakfast provided by the River Falls Lions Club will be served from 7-8 a.m. There will be gluten-free and vegan options available.

From 7:30-8 a.m. the River Falls Community Gospel Choir will entertain those in attendance.

After breakfast, a program held from 8-9 a.m. will feature poetry and essays from local youth centered on this year’s theme: Reimagine the future: Education -- equality -- economic stability -- and opportunity.

During this time the 2014 Youth Community Service Award will be handed out.

Scott said attendees to the River Falls breakfast will view a live broadcast of the main MLK breakfast keynote speaker, Donna Brazile, an author, political analyst and current Vice Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.

Tickets are available for a $5 donation for those over five, until Jan. 19. Scott said that the tickets are for a $5 donation “...because we want everyone to come that can come and we can give free tickets to those who can’t afford the $5.”

Tickets are available at the Dish and The Spoon Café, 208 N Main, or by calling Scott at 715-426-3510 to hold at will call.

See the complete story in the Jan. 16 edition of the Journal.