Make blankets for the homeless this Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Flags of African Union members flying at a 2010 summit in Uganda

Reflections on Dr. King's life and the civil rights struggle will be presented by Kay Dowell Lomax, Deacon Russel Howell and Rev. Matt Farley.

Each year since 1983, the third Monday in January is marked as Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

It was a message that Reynolds brought home, when she ended her speech with Dr. King's final speech.

"Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believed in celebrating and promoting the worth of every human being", the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee said in announcing this year's events. Tickets are $60, $48 and $10 and can be picked up at the venue's will call.

"It should be a life philosophy and how we live and how we interact with each other", Jones said of learning about King and understanding his life's work.

The University's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast at Plainfield High School starting at 8:30 a.m. Shuttles will be available for those unable to walk.

Before the event gets underway, guests can view exhibits from about 15 to 20 community service organizations from throughout Southern Illinois, according to host Chris Swims, the pastor of Carbondale's Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church.

MLK Celebration in the Park: The walk will be followed by a celebration in MLK Park, beginning at noon and featuring entertainment, food, community booths and more.

Many area businesses and offices will be closed Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The first 100 kids in attendance each day will receive a book about Dr. King.

There will be several events throughout the day on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, all of which will be free and open to the public.

The commemoration kicks off at 4 p.m. Saturday, January 13, with a presentation by State Sen. SCF has awarded 25 service grants totaling $146,000 for projects throughout Manatee and Sarasota counties.