Martin Luther King Jr Day Celebrating Unity


Published 01/17 2014 02:13PM

Updated 01/17 2014 02:31PM

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is January 20th and the largest celebration for the day in Indiana is happening right here in Fort Wayne.

Last year was a rough year for Fort Wayne, as they tied the all-time homicide record at 44.  Organizers hope this event will help reach local youth and bring the community closer together.

The 29th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Celebration, is just that.  A celebration of unity.

"Especially in Fort Wayne this past year, we've gone through some traumatic times.  We need to bring out youth to the point where they remember the mission of Dr. Martin Luther King."

MLK Club President Bennie Edwards reminds us of what that mission is.

"One of the things he said, is we must find a way to live together in harmony and peace, or we will perish as fools."

In order to spread the message and to get more youth to attend, any student showing a student I.D. will get in free but this event isn't just about unity with the youth.

"Another thing we want to emphasize is that it's open to the public.  Be it all races, colors, and we highly encourage all ethnic groups to come out."

They started planning this event the day after last year's was over and say the results are worth the time and effort.

"We want to make our youth and the citizens of Fort Wayne aware, of our community and that we can find a way to live together so that we can make this a better community for us all."

If you are interested in attending this event, it takes place 10am-4pm at the Grand Wayne Convention Center, and is $5.00 a person.

There are vendors, cash prizes, a scholarship presentation, gospel music, praise dancers, and a mime group will perform.  The keynote speaker is Dr. Carl B. Mack, a Champion of the Civil Rights Movement. 

For those interested there is also a "breakfast with the clergy" for $20.00 at 8am at the Courtyard Marriott.

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