Events planned to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

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ROANOKE (WSLS) - Monday, Jan. 18th is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. People across the country will honor the late-civil rights leader.

Several events are planned in Southwest Virginia. In Roanoke, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference will host a march through the city.

Organizers said the event will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The following streets will be closed due to the SCLC Martin Luther King Day March:

• Loudon Avenue, between Gainsboro Road and Henry Street.

• Henry Street, between Shenandoah Avenue and Wells Avenue.

• Centre Avenue, between Henry Street and Jordan Alley.

• Wells Avenue, eastbound lane, between Gainsboro Road and Jefferson Street.

• Gilmer Avenue, between Gainsboro Road and 5th Street, NW.

• 5th Street, NW, between Patton Avenue and Loudon Avenue.

City leaders said on-street parking may be temporarily restricted.


The 18th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Breakfast takes place on Monday, January 18, 8:30 a.m. at Phase 2, 4009 Murray Place. Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased at both locations of the Lynchburg Public Library (2315 Memorial Avenue and City Hall, 900 Church Street).

Dr. King's Legacy: Encouraging Global Civil Rights and Freedom for Humanity" is the theme for the 2016 commemoration. The keynote speaker will be Lynchburg native and retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Mrs. Rosalyn Thompson-Blackwell whose professional and civic experiences have afforded her the expertise for the protection of freedom and to uplift humanity.

The breakfast is presented by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lynchburg Community Council.

Many will honor Martin Luther King Jr. Monday (Image 1)
Many will honor Martin Luther King Jr. Monday (Image 1)


The Campbell County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) will host its first annual Senior to Senior event on Monday, Jan. 18, 10 a.m. - noon and 1 - 3 p.m. at the Campbell County Cooperative Extension Office, located at 163 Kabler Lane, Rustburg.

The event will serve as the county's MLK Service Day Project. The purpose of the event is to engage senior citizens and high school students to learn from one another. It will be led by the Campbell County Youth Advisory Council and the Campbell County Senior Advisory Council.

For more information and to register, contact Nicole Booker at 434-332-9876 or nmbooker@campbellcountyva.gov .