Gatherings celebrate MLK Day

Marchers gather in front of Hermiston City Hall to listen to city government officials speak during a past Martin Luther King Day celebration in Hermiston.

A pair of local events in Hermiston and Pendleton are planned to commemorate Martin Luther King Day.

In its 16th year, citizens of Hermiston and the surrounding area are invited to the Community Walk. The Black International Awareness Club is hosting the event, which is Monday from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the Hermiston United Methodist Church, 191 E. Gladys Ave., Hermiston.

The gathering will include a march, special speakers, music, prayer, the Polynesian Dancers, an open mic time and refreshments. For more information, call Virginia Rome at 541-720-6895 or search Facebook for “Hermiston Martin Luther King Peace Walk.”

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to connect with other community members and celebrate our unique and diverse community,” said Jesus Rome.

A musical celebration is planned in Pendleton featuring an evening of folk songs and protest songs in honor of King and in recognition of the progress we’ve made as a nation.

Sponsored by the Pendleton Baha’i community, everyone is invited to attend. The music begins at 6 p.m. at Great Pacific Wine & Coffee Co., 403 S. Main St., Pendleton. The gathering will include local musicians singing their favorite songs from the civil rights era. Those attending are encouraged to be prepared to sing along.

For more information, call 541-276-9360 or www.facebook.com/events/213874085617196.

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