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Area NAACP to host Martin Luther King Jr. celebration

Aug. 20, 2013 @ 12:14 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The Huntington-Cabell Branch of the NAACP will host a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr. March and Rally Saturday at the Calvary Baptist Church in Huntington.

Civil rights leaders will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March with a number of events in Washington this week.

The festivities culminate Saturday with a rally at the Lincoln Memorial, followed by a march to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

Tri-State residents are invited to gather at Calvary Baptist, located at 915 8th Ave., to watch the Washington activities on television in a group setting. The local event will run from 9 a.m. until noon.

Plans to schedule a bus trip from Huntington to Washington for the event have been canceled due to a lack of participants.

The original March on Washington took place on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 1963, when more than 200,000 people gathered to hear King deliver his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

For information about the Huntington event, call 304-529-4692.



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