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Celebrating MLK Day is important here

In less than a week, the Atmore community will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once again.

Last year, many organizations put in the hard work to get everything in order for the events that helped all remember King’s work.

MLK Day, which is always observed on the third Monday of January and on the late Reverend’s birthday (15th), was created soon after his assassination in 1968.

King spoke up for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which protested racial discrimination in federal and state law.

Around here, the community at large takes the holiday quite seriously, and it looks like there are going to be more celebrations this year.

The annual unity prayer breakfast will be held this Saturday at the Atmore Community Hospital Mason Auditorium, an MLK Day of Service is slated for the same day and a parade will be held at 10 a.m. on Jan. 16.

There are plenty of events coming up to celebrate and remember King.

If you can make it out to one of these events, do so, because each of them will be done right and in honor of King.

Those who can’t make it out to the holiday events, think about how much the world has changed and is changing since the Civil Rights Movement.

From the 1960s, the colors of the canvas have evolved and are forming a picture that is coming into focus.

King is the camera and lens that is helping that picture develop into a masterpiece.