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Area programs and services to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The town of East Spencer is hosting its second annual event to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a focus on youth. The event, Kids for King: Biking for a Change, will take place on Monday at the corner of Robin Circle and Long Street, near the Dunbar Center.

The event allows children of all ages to ride their bicycles from the Dunbar Center to the East Spencer Fire Department, located half a mile down the road. The ride will begin at noon and will be followed up with a youth-centered program at the fire department.

Organizers will raffle off five bicycles during the program. The bikes were provided by the East Spencer Police Department. All youth are asked to bring one fact about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Long Street will be closed, and traffic will be detoured from noon to 2 p.m., organizers said.

The guest speaker for the program is Minister Tiffany Miller. There will also be music and refreshments available.

For more information, contact town hall staff at 704-636-7111.

Other events being celebrated in honor of Dr. King are:

• The Human Relations Council presents the 29th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. This year’s events will begin on Saturday and end on Monday.

The theme for the event is “Separate or Together?” The parade is Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon and will take place in downtown Salisbury. The post-parade celebration will begin at 12:30 p.m. at Hall Gym, 1400 West Bank St., and will end at 4 p.m.

The annual breakfast will be from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday at the J.F. Hurley YMCA, 828 W. Jake Alexander Blvd. and will feature co-speakers Livingstone College President Jimmy Jenkins and Catawba College President Brien Lewis. Tickets for the breakfast are $10.

• Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 1920 Shirley Ave., will host the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Awards Sunday at 3 p.m.

• The Hefner VA Medical Center, 1601 Brenner Ave., will host a birthday celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Friday, 1 p.m. The celebration will be held in the Social Room of Building No. 6.

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