Two Weeks of Events to Celebrate Actions, Philosophy of King

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Byline: The Register-Guard

Maybe Martin Luther King Jr. was too great a man to be contained in one 24-hour holiday, which could explain why local celebrations of the civil rights leader will extend over two weeks.

King's holiday on Monday will be celebrated by a morning march along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Eugene; an afternoon contest and celebration in Springfield; and an evening celebration and program at the Hult Center in downtown Eugene.

But other events in King's honor range from a Jefferson Middle School program Friday to a series of University of Oregon programs that run through Jan. 31.

Here's a calendar of events:

Friday:

King birthday celebration, Jefferson Middle School auditorium, 1650 W. 22nd Ave., Eugene, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 687-3221.

Friday at 4 p.m. is also the deadline for K-12 students to submit entries to Skipping Stones magazine's Martin Luther King poetry contest, sponsored by the Eugene Education Association's Minority Affairs Commission. Entries may be submitted to Misa Joo, care of the EEA office, 2815 Coburg Road, Eugene. 345-0338 or fax at 345-0339.

Monday:

Annual MLK Day March, sponsored by Eugene-Springfield chapter of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, begins at Serbu Juvenile Justice Center on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Eugene, 9 a.m. March proceeds to EWEB headquarters. Bring a sign. 431-1119.

Martin Luther King Jr. Contest and Celebration, Springfield Middle School, 1084 G. St., 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Keynote speech by Lyllye Parker of UO Office of Multicultural Affairs. Co-emcees are Springfield schools Superintendent Nancy Golden and Eugene schools Superintendent George Russell. …