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MLK events
IPFW will celebrate King with five spoken-word tributes, from 7 to 9 p.m. today in the Walb International Ballroom.
A Service of Repentance and Reconciliation sponsored by the Interdenominational Ministers Alliance and Women’s Ministerial Alliance of Fort Wayne and Associated Churches of Fort Wayne and Allen County will be at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Plymouth Congregational Church, 501 W. Berry St.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Club will hold its 29th annual Dr. King Unity Day Celebration, offering a variety of events and billed as the largest celebration in Indiana, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at the Grand Wayne Convention Center. Keynote speaker is Carl B. Mack. For more information, call 260-493-1434 or 260-493-0980.
DeLois McKinley-Eldridge, a civil rights activist who participated in the 1963 demonstrations for desegregation, will speak at the annual King Day service at the Merillat Centre for the Arts at Huntington University at 11:30 a.m. Monday.
Ivy Tech Community College Northeast will host “Interpreting the Dream” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 23 in the Student Life Center gymnasium on North Campus, 3701 Dean Drive.
On Jan. 30, Theodore Ransaw, a researcher and educator on black masculinity, will deliver the annual King lecture at 7 p.m. in Cordier Auditorium on the North Manchester campus of Manchester University.
Students will speak about diversity and perform music during the 23rd annual King program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 31 in Fabiani Theatre in the Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center at Trine University in Angola. The Rev. Angela Shannon, transitional pastor at Calvary Lutheran Church, Angola, will deliver the keynote address.
More complete listings will be presented in Thursday’s Weekender and Saturday’s Guidelight.

Keeping King’s dream alive

Today is Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. He died by an assassin’s bullet at the age of 39. Had he lived, he would be turning 85, and no doubt he would have a lot to say about what’s going on in today’s world.

Others speak for King now and apply his philosophy of universal love and nonviolence to the challenges of 2014.

The national holiday is Monday, but over the years, churches, clubs and schools have turned the last half of January into a time to celebrate and learn from King’s courage, faith and wisdom.

He was a passionate speaker and writer, and his words are just as moving today. If you’ve heard “I Have a Dream,” find another of his moving speeches and sermons and savor its depth and power. “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” a virtually impromptu sermon he gave to a congregation in Memphis the night before he died in 1968, is one of his most inspiring. Or read “Letter From Birmingham Jail,” a classic of positive persuasion that he began by scribbling on scraps of newspaper in a jail cell in 1963.

Or go to one of the many worthy tribute events this area has to offer.