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City of Knoxville, Tennessee
Madeline Rogero, Mayor

For Immediate Release
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration Jan. 16-Jan 21
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.January 16, 2013 - Since 1982, the MLK Commission has been organizing a special celebration each year for the Knoxville area to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The week long celebration focuses on providing education and leadership training for adults and youth and promotes reconciliation through peaceful conflict resolution.

Part of the celebration also includes stories of racial struggles with emphasis on non-violence, equality, and love.

This year's celebration will take on a special emphasis of education and will embody the theme of "Intelligence plus Character."

Sarah Moore GreeneThe guiding light for 2013 will be Sarah Moore Greene, Knoxville's leader in the civil rights movement and in the education of all children. Ms. Greene passed away August 15th at the age of 102 but her spirit and legacy will be the stimulus for this year's celebration.


Wednesday, January 16
12:00 NOON - Interfaith Prayer Service at First Christian Church

Thursday, January 17
8:30 AM - Leadership Educational Symposium at Knoxville Marriott
12:00 NOON - Leadership/Awards Luncheon at Knoxville Marriott

Friday, January 18
5:00 PM - Gallery of Arts Tribute at Bijou Theatre
7:00 PM - Community Forum Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance at Beck Cultural Exchange Center

Saturday, January 19
8:30 AM - Teacher In-Service Training at Beck Cultural Exchange Center
9:00 AM - Youth Symposium at Austin East High School
1:00 PM - Y.W.C.A. Race Against Racism at YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center

Sunday, January 20
6:00 PM - A Night With The Arts Tribute at Knoxville College, Colston Center for the Performing Arts

Monday, January 21
10:00 AM - Memorial March Parade
11:45 AM - Memorial Tribute Service Greater Warner Tabernacle AME Zion Church
6:00 PM - Celebration Concert, Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra at Tennessee Theatre

For more info about the celebration please visit the MLK Commision website at www.MLKKnoxville.org





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