RI celebrates Martin Luther King Jr Day

Jan 21, 2013

(PROVIDENCE, RI) Hundreds gathered Monday morning in Cranston for the annual Martin Luther King Jr scholarship breakfast. The crowd joined hands and sang “We Shall Overcome” as they remembered the life and works of Dr King.

It was the 30th annual breakfast and during the event 27 scholarships were handed out. Rev. Sammy Vaughan says this is an appropriate way to remember the life and legacy of Dr. King.

Credit Catherine Welch

“And we’re here today to remember a man who was such a great character and such a great influence on so many people and so many places in the world,” says Vaughan.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and Central Falls Mayor James Diosa were also at the breakfast. Chafee says it feels good to watch the swearing in of a black president on Martin Luther King Jr Day.

“Yes, very historic moment, where we’re having the second inauguration of an African American president on as it turns out Martin Luther King Day,” says Chafee.

There are events in Providence and Woonsocket to mark Martin Luther King Jr Day. Also volunteers across the state are celebrating Martin Luther King Jr Day by giving back to their community. The Rhode Island School of Design is running arts and crafts workshops for kids. Hundreds of volunteers are taking part in Service Rhode Island.

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