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Birthday celebration set for today to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in Duluth begin with a birthday celebration today. Free soup, bread and birthday cake will be served at 6 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 835 W. College St. A program follows, including excerpts ...

Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in Duluth begin with a birthday celebration today.

Free soup, bread and birthday cake will be served at 6 p.m. at the

Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 835 W. College St. A program follows, including excerpts from King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," read by local high school students, music from Voices of Vision, directed by Gabe Green, and reflections from Dr. Mahmoud El-Kati, a history professor emeritus from Macalester College in St. Paul.

On Sunday, there is a community worship service to remember and celebrate King's life and mission at 4:30 p.m. at St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church, 530 N. Fifth Ave. E.

A free community breakfast is at 7 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church, 230 E. Skyline Parkway. During the meal there will be a broadcast of Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker's speech from Minneapolis. A march and rally follow. Those who plan to attend should gather at 10:30 a.m. at Washington Center, 310 N. First Avenue W. The march starts at 11 a.m. and goes to the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, where the rally starts at 11:45 a.m. Robin Washington, president of the Duluth African-American Men's Group and News Tribune editor, is the featured speaker.

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For more information on the march, go to mlk-duluth.org, or call

(218) 722-1766.

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