Posted: Monday, January 21st 2013 at 7:35am
Nation to honor MLK Jr. as Obama is inaugurated
By The Associated Press
ATLANTA - The nation will honor civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Monday the same day as it celebrates the inauguration of the first black president to his second term.
(Coverage of the inaugural address will begin at approximately 12:00 p.m. on a.m. 550 and f.m. 102.9 WDUN)
A quirk in the calendar pushed President Barack Obama's public swearing-in in Washington onto the national holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader.
Meanwhile, in Atlanta, the King Center will hosts its annual commemorative service featuring the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, who's president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. The speech will mark the first time a Latino leader has served as the keynote speaker for the commemorative service on the King holiday.
In Gainesville, the 43rd Annual Martin Luther King, Junior, march and celebration will begin at the Butler Center on Athens Highway instead of downtown as in past years.
It will start at 1:00 p.m. and end at Gainesville Middle School, where a 2:00 p.m. program will be held, featuring Rev. Eugene Green, former pastor of St. John Baptist Church in Gainesville.
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