Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and several events are planned to celebrate his legacy.
In Cape Girardeau the 24th annual memorial breakfast begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Osage Center. The keynote speaker is Rev. Adrian Jones of Prospect Hill Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis.
At 10:30 a.m. a reformation march takes place. It begins at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau and ends at the Joyful Praise Church on south Sprigg Street.
At 11:00 a.m. the eighth annual humanitarian luncheon will be held at the Osage Center. Rev. James Jackson, a retired faculty member at Southern Illinois University and pastor of the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Murphysboro will be the keynote speaker.
At 4:00 p.m. today, the 13th annual youth gala will be held in the JC Penney court at West Park Mall in Cape Girardeau. It will feature musical and other tributes honoring Doctor King.
The Alexander-Pulaski County NAACP chapters are sponsoring the 14th annual memorial breakfast. It begins this morning at 9:00 at the Meridian Elementary School gymnasium in Mounds, Illinois.
In Paducah, a march and wreath laying ceremony is planned for 10:00 a.m. at the monument on Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.
Paducah will also hold a luncheon at the Robert Cherry Civic Center at 11:30 a.m.