Dr. Martin Luther King Day Free Family Event

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

10 January, 2018

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker signed an executive order recently declaring Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast and panel discussion at 10 a.m.at the First Baptist Church, 65 W. Fourth St.in Chillicothe. Baker said the declaration was both a tribute to King's contributions and a call to play a part in continuing his work.

Commission and Habitat for Humanity joined forces Monday for a day of renovation at the former home of Daisy Bates in Little Rock to mark the beginning of a week of events leading up to the national King holiday on January 15.

In King's 1963 book, "Why We Can't Wait", he wrote about colonization and the genocide and injustices committed against indigenous peoples. "Our literature, our films, our drama, our folklore all exalt it".

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This year however, the format of the event is set to change and focus on arts performances and student participation, said Helaine Jeffers, who serves on the county's Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration, which honors and celebrates the life and impact of Dr. King.

Baker, who signed the order December 27, said he wants to encourage tribe members and employees to dedicate the day to service.

"That commitment to service on the third Monday of January going forward will hopefully better unite and strengthen each of us, and the entire Cherokee Nation", Baker said. Activities begins at 10 a.m. and culminate with a celebration on the main stage at 12 p.m., followed by singing of Happy Birthday to Dr. King and sharing of birthday cake at 12:30 p.m.

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