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PHOTO GALLERY: Events honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, January 16, 2012 | 6:45 p.m. CST; updated 9:15 p.m. CST, Monday, January 16, 2012

In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, people attended events in Columbia honoring the civil rights leader.

Valerie Shaw, center, speaks to a crowd Monday morning during Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial at Battle Garden.
Linda Dodd, master of ceremonies, left, Marie Glaze, a life member of NAACP, and Ceola Hill sit Monday afternoon before the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration starts at Second Missionary Baptist Church.
A drawing and a picture of Martin Luther King Jr. hang on the podium and drums Monday afternoon during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration at Second Missionary Baptist Church.
Attendees of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration give applause Monday afternoon after Donna Ellison sang a song at Second Missionary Baptist Church.
Ardedeenia Davis holds a candle and prays Monday evening before a group starts a candlelight march in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. from Douglass High School to historic St. Paul A.M.E. Church.
Candles sit in cups that read "In Memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." and that feature his picture Monday evening during a commemoration in King's honor at historic St. Paul A.M.E. Church.
Linda Cox, left, Bonnie Turner and Dee Campbell-Carter, back-center, march with candles Monday evening from Douglass High School to historic St. Paul A.M.E. Church. The group marched in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.

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