RI Martin Luther King Jr., ceremonies set for January 19

Jan 9, 2015

The Rhode Island General Assembly’s Rev. Dr. Martln Luther King Jr., celebration will be held on Monday, January 19th at the Ebenezer Baptist Church on Cranston Street in Providence.

The official celebration of the civil rights leader’s life is free and open to the public, says Rep. Raymond Hull, D-Providence, chairman of the Martin Luther King Jr. State Holiday Commission.

Hull will serve as master of ceremonies for the event and Sen. Harold Metts, D-Providence, will also have a speaking role and will lead a Pledge of Non-Violence.

The Rev. Carl Balark Jr., pastor of Ebenezer Baptist, will give the invocation and the benediction. There will also be musical presentations.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo will give the official state greeting and is expected to be joined by members of the state’s congressional delegation.