Ways to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Saturday, January 17, 2009 | 3:33 p.m. CST; updated 3:39 p.m. CST, Saturday, January 17, 2009

Celebrate at these free events.

  • Poor Man's Breakfast

8 a.m. —  Biscuits, potatoes, turkey sausage and bacon, eggs, juice and coffee will be served until noon at St. Luke United Methodist Church, 204 E. Ash. Call Almeta Crayton at 874-0284 or 529-2151 for more information or to make donations.

  • NAACP Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration

11 a.m. — A ceremony at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial at 800 S. Stadium Blvd., followed by a motorcade to a ceremony at Second Baptist Church, 407 E. Broadway. A free lunch will follow. Call 445-3231 for more information.

  • Stephens College Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award Convocation

4 p.m. — These annual awards honor those who embody the values of Dr. King. This year's honorees are Vernis Harris-Laboy, Lorenzo Lawson, Miranda Arens and LOVE Inc.; Windsor Auditorium at Stephens College; call 876 - 7111 for more information.

  • Annual Candlelight Walk and Celebration

6 p.m. — Gather at Douglass High School Gym, 310 N. Providence Road; candles are available for $2.

6:30 p.m. — Walk to St. Luke United Methodist Church, 204. E. Ash St.; a service will follow; call 874 - 6379 for more information.

Jan. 26:

  • MU's "The Dream is Now!" Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration

2 p.m. — Panel discussion at Reynolds Journalism Institute, Room 200

7  p.m. — Semi-formal gala with "I Have a Dream" speech re-enactment, jazz music and refreshments; Stotler Lounge, Memorial Union.

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Ray Shapiro January 18, 2009 | 12:46 p.m.

Veterans Relief
(Day of Service - January 19)
Some of our nation's finest need your help. This drive will help rehabilitated veterans live independently and with dignity. Local volunteers will be present from 11am-2pm accepting donations. Be sure to let friends and family know!


Benefit for Welcome Home, Inc. "Helping our United States of America Veterans live with Dignity"
Donations of Blankets, Bed sheets, pillow cases, Pots and Pans, Dishes, Household/Apartment Items, Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Soap, Canned goods, and checks made out to: "Welcome Home, Inc," can be dropped off at:
Parkade Center
(lower level Parkade Cafe next to Suite 134)
601 Business Loop 70W
Date: Monday, January 19
Time: 11am-2pm
Time: Monday, January 19 from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Host: Derek Nelson
Location: Parkade Center (Lower Level) (Columbia, MO)
601 Business Loop 70W
Columbia, MO 65201

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