MLK Events Being Held Today Around Des Moines

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"I have a dream this afternoon that my four little children will not come up in the same young days that I came up within, but they will be judged on the basis of the content of their character, not the color of their skin." The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke these words in 1963, but this was not the speech that would go down as one of the most important addresses in U.S. history.

“I have a dream this afternoon that my four little children will not come up in the same young days that I came up within, but they will be judged on the basis of the content of their character, not the color of their skin.” The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke these words in 1963, but this was not the speech that would go down as one of the most important addresses in U.S. history.

DES MOINES, Iowa — The nation is honoring the legacy of slain civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday.

Across the country, hundreds of thousands of Americans will commemorate Dr. King’s 86th birthday with church services and tributes.

In the nation’s capital, the 9th annual MLK Peace Walk will take place.

The Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, will also make remarks and participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the MLK memorial.

President Obama and the first lady will participate in a community service project in the Washington, D.C. area.

Across Iowa, many schools are closed, there is no mail service and most banks are also closed.

Several events will be held in the metro to honor Dr. King.

At 7:30 a.m., there’s a prayer breakfast at the Iowa Events Center. Olympic gold medalist, Jackie Joyner-Kersee will deliver the keynote address.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the door.

Meals from the Heartland is hosting an all-day packaging event Monday at 357 Lincoln Street in West Des Moines. There will be several 90 minute shifts offered throughout the day starting at 8 a.m. and the last shift ends at 4 p.m.

Organizers say the hands-on service opportunity is a great way to honor an unforgettable leader committed to improving the lives of those around him.

The state’s public ceremony will be held at 10:45 a.m. at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. There will be performances and awards handed out. The governor and lieutenant governor will be there.

The event is free and open to the public.

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