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Oklahoma City Pauses To Honor Martin Luther King, Jr. With Parade, Events

A float passes the intersection with Robert S. Kerr Ave. along E.K. Gaylord Blvd. in downtown Oklahoma City during the 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. parade.
Rena Guay
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OKC MLK Coalition
A float passes the intersection with Robert S. Kerr Ave. along E.K. Gaylord Blvd. in downtown Oklahoma City during the 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. parade.

Civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. would have turned 87 on Friday, and Monday marks 30 years since the beginning of the annual national celebration of his life and legacy.

Gov. Mary Fallin issued a statement saying there's still unfinished business on the way to achieving King's dreams.

“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of tolerance, mutual respect and human dignity is just as relevant today as it was when he lived," Fallin said. "He believed in freedom and equality of opportunity for which the United States of America still stands."

State and local civic leaders will gather at the intersection of NE 23rd Street and Martin Luther King Ave. in Oklahoma City at 9 a.m. for a silent march to the Oklahoma History Center.

The theme for this year’s celebration is “The Color of Unity,” and there will be remarks by State Rep. Mike Shelton and past and present NAACP officials.

Full Schedule Of Oklahoma City's MLK Day Activities

The National Bell-Ringing Salute takes place at 10:45, and the holiday program at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral begins at 12:15 p.m. The parade through downtown begins at 2 p.m. There's also an MLK Job Fair taking place at the Chevy Bricktown Events Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, and Langston University's Oklahoma City campus hosts an MLK Marketplace from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

There will be food trucks, cultural exhibits, and live entertainment.

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Brian Hardzinski is from Flower Mound, Texas and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He began his career at KGOU as a student intern, joining KGOU full time in 2009 as Operations and Public Service Announcement Director. He began regularly hosting Morning Edition in 2014, and became the station's first Digital News Editor in 2015-16. Brian’s work at KGOU has been honored by Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters, and local and regional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists. Brian enjoys competing in triathlons, distance running, playing tennis, and entertaining his rambunctious Boston Terrier, Bucky.
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