Events planned for MLK Day

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Today is the 25th anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday. In Rhode Island there will be a host of events to honor the slain civil rights leader.

Sandra Powell, the director of the State Department of Labor and Training will be the keynote speaker this morning at the Martin Luther King scholarship breakfast being held at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston.

Organized by the Rhode Island Ministerial Alliance, attendance will be somewhat lower than it has been in previous years, according to the Reverend Donald Anderson.

"I expect around 300," Anderson says. "We've had 500 in the past but the economy's been tough so some groups that bought tables in the past are buying five or six seats instead of whole tables."

The group City Year will honor King's birthday by hosting a day of service that will include constructing bookshelves and painting murals at a middle school.

Holiday events wrap up at four o'clock with the presentation of Living the Dream awards at Ebenezer Church. The governor and the state's entire congressional delegation are expected to attend.

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