MLK Day 2018: Is the bank open? Is the liquor store open?

Constance England 71 of West Babylon greets Martin

Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in South Jersey

"I always thought this park was named Dr. Martin Luther King until one day someone told me, 'Meet me at Mellis Park.' I said, 'Where's Mellis?'" Jones said. Day a federal holiday but it wasn't until 2000 that all 50 states recognized it as a paid holiday for all state employees. It comes at a time when all believers in human rights continue the struggle to transform the vision and dream of Dr. King into a lived reality for everyone. Going forward, that commitment to service on the third Monday of January will better unite and strengthen each of us and the entire Cherokee Nation.

The parade is coordinated by the Zeta Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the oldest African American fraternity in America, founded in 1906 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York; Dr. King was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha. On that day, and every day, we should all be an advocate for people who face injustices in their lives.

Many people refused to support an integrated dinner to recognize Dr. King, until Coca-Cola CEO J. Paul Austin threatened to take his company out of Atlanta if the city's elite did not honor him.

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The keynote speaker will be by the Rev. Brent Bailey of Asheville, who is minister of Grace Kingdom of North Wilkesboro. "But I don't think he is a racist in the traditional sense". A brighter future today, tomorrow and seven generations from now. "We should bring in more people from places like Norway", he added. Day volunteering at Three Square Food Bank as part of the national MLK Day of Service.

"Their one day of activity for a couple of hours is fantastic, and what we're really hoping is that they get the volunteer itch and we give them the opportunity throughout the year to scratch it", Young said. Day, saying it is a day to mourn his loss, celebrate his legacy and pledge to fight for his dream of equality, freedom, justice and peace.

Bill John Baker is the principal chief of the Cherokee Nation.

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