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City plans annual salute to Martin Luther King, Jr.

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The City of Monroe will celebrate its 34th Annual Birthday Salute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from 11:30 am until 1 pm Thursday, January 17, 2013, in the W.L. "Jack" Howard Theater of the Monroe Civic Center Complex.  The 2013 Theme is "Moving Forward Together!"Special selections will be song by the Wossman High School Choir.

The keynote speaker is human rights leader Rev. Dr. Ralph D. Abernathy, III. Born in the heat of the Civil Rights Movement, the eldest living son of Civil Rights leader Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Ralph David Abernathy, Sr. His father was a co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's chief aid and closest associate during the 1950's and 1960's. 

Rev. Dr. Ralph D. Abernathy, III participated in numerous marches and demonstrations, and even integrated his elementary school. He attended Benedict and Morehouse Colleges and majored in English and Political Science, and later served in the Georgia State Senate. Rev. Abernathy, III accepted his call into the ministry in 2001 at the historic West Hunter Street Baptist Church where his legendary father, pastored for 30 years. 

For the seventh consecutive year, formal presentations will be made to award winners in the following categories:

James Sharp, Jr. Justice Award
B.D. Robinson Unity Award
Lillie "Granny" Goins Community Service Award
Morris Henry Carroll Education Award
W.L. "Jack" Howard Public Service Award
Nashall "Shack" Harris Humanitarian Award
Martin Luther King, Jr. Trailblazer Award

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