Officials to celebrate Martin Luther King at annual ceremony

By The Associated Press

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island political, community and religious leaders plan to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. at the state’s annual commemoration of the civil rights leader.

The public is invited to the event, beginning at 4 p.m. Monday at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Providence.

Gov. Gina Raimondo, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed and other elected leaders plan to attend. The Martin Luther King Jr. State Holiday Commission organized the celebration.

State Rep. Raymond A. Hull, a Providence Democrat, leads the commission, and is the master of ceremonies.

The commemoration includes speeches, awards and performances by the Ebenezer Baptist Church Choir and RPM Voices of Rhode Island.     

Monday’s holiday recognizes the civil rights leader, who was born 90 years ago on Jan. 15, 1929.

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