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Schedule: Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in Eastern Iowa

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Melissa Fath of Iowa City (foreground center) and Tony Currin of Iowa City (right) in Iowa City dance during a break in Martin Luther King Jr. Day programming Jan. 15, 2018, at Grant Wood Elementary School. The MLK Alliance Group, a collaboration of Iowa City-area community groups, coordinated weekend events that culminated in the unity march, service activities and town hall forum in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Various events are planned for Monday.
Liz Martin/The Gazette Melissa Fath of Iowa City (foreground center) and Tony Currin of Iowa City (right) in Iowa City dance during a break in Martin Luther King Jr. Day programming Jan. 15, 2018, at Grant Wood Elementary School. The MLK Alliance Group, a collaboration of Iowa City-area community groups, coordinated weekend events that culminated in the unity march, service activities and town hall forum in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Various events are planned for Monday.
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Marches, workshops, service opportunities and church services are planned throughout Eastern Iowa Monday to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Here is a list of area activities.

Cedar Rapids

Service Above Self awards luncheon

• Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 350 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids

• When: Noon to 1 p.m. Monday

• Details: The Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids will hold a special awards luncheon to honor eight area high school students for their contributions to the schools and the community and the ways they have exhibited the values of Rotary and teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon is $12 for the salad bar or $17 for the lunch buffet. To register, email crdowntownrotary@gmail.com.

• More information: (319) 310-8069

African American Museum of Iowa celebration

• Where: African American Museum of Iowa, 55 12th Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids

• When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday

• Details: Museum admission will be discounted to $1, with free admission for members and children younger than 5. Visitors may decorate Peace Poles, inscribed with a variety of translations of peaceful messages in languages from around the world, in honor of King’s message of peace and nonviolence. The museum will supply the poles and supplies for decorating in partnership with Veterans for Peace Chapter #169. Once decorated, the poles will be displayed at locations throughout the Cedar Rapids area.

• More information: blackiowa.org

60 Years Later: Why Colorblindness Falls Short

• Where: Coe College, 1220 First Ave. NE

• When: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday

• Details: Kevin “B.F.” Burt will start the day with a musical performance, followed by a lecture by Dr. Evelyn R. Carter, granddaughter of Dr. Percy and Lileah Harris. After the keynote address, several workshops will be held: “African American History of Coe and Cedar Rapids, 1860-1900,” “Shooting at the Wrong Target — The Impact of Leadership on our Community,” “What Do We Teach White Students?” and “What Martin Didn’t Tell Us.”

• More information: coe.edu/why-coe/events/calendar/detail/3046/martin-luther-king-jr-celebration-a-60-years-later-why-colorblindness-falls-short

MLK Day at Mount Mercy

• Where: Mount Mercy University, 1330 Elmhurst Dr. NE, Cedar Rapids

• When: 12:30 p.m. Monday

• Details: The university will host a prayer service at 12:30 p.m. in the University Center, followed by a documentary screening in Betty Cherry Heritage Hall. The prayer service is open to the public.

• More information: (319) 363-8213

Roots of the Past, Fruit of the Future

• Where: Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 Fifth Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids

• When: 2 p.m. Monday

• Details: Anne Harris Carter and Evelyn R. Carter will lead a workshop

• More information: stpaulsumc.org/mlk-jr--celebration

Evening worship service and community meal

• Where: St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1340 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids

• When: 5:30 p.m. meal, 6:30 p.m. service

• Details: The freewill offering community meal will be followed by keynote speaker Evelyn R. Carter and presentation of the Dr. Percy & Lileah Harris “Who is My Neighbor?” award.

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• More information: stpaulsumc.org/mlk-jr--celebration

Coralville

Public reading

• Where: Coralville Public Library, 1401 Fifth St., Coralville

• When: 5 to 6 p.m. Monday

• Details: Local government officials, leaders from human rights organizations, religious leaders and other allies of Dr. Martin Luther King’s cause will read his “I Have a Dream” speech at 5 p.m. in the library rotunda. Throughout the day, library patrons also will have an opportunity to write or draw their dreams for a more just world, which will be on display throughout the week.

• More information: (319) 248-1850, coralvillepubliclibrary.org

Decorah

A 50-year retrospective on Martin Luther King Jr.’s impact on African American students’ presence in higher education

• Where: Valders Hall, Science Room 206, Luther College, 700 College Dr., Decorah

• When: 7 p.m. Monday

• Details: With the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in April 1968, students across the country staged sit-ins and challenged discriminatory practices in an attempt to create more minority representation on college campuses. Roger Pulliam, who witnessed the formation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Scholars Academy at Western Michigan University, will give the 2019 Martin Luther King Jr., Day Lecture at Luther College. Pulliam’s lecture is a part of the 50-year commemoration of the 1968 founding of the Luther College Black Student Union by a group of students who were looking for a space where they could celebrate their culture, accomplishments and share in their struggles.

• More information: luther.edu/alumni/events/bsu

Iowa City

Unity March and Celebration

• Where: March starts at Eastdale Plaza, 1700 S. First Ave., Iowa City, and ends at Mercer Park Aquatic Center, 2701 Bradford Dr., Iowa City, where celebrations will follow

• When: March begins 9 a.m., celebration 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday

• Details: The celebration includes family-friendly volunteer projects, children’s activities and performances. Donations of outerwear apparel such as hats, gloves, mittens, scarves and socks will be accepted to benefit shelters. Activities are being coordinated by the MLK Alliance Group, which consists of local nonprofit groups and individuals as well as private service organizations.

• More information: Contact RaQuishia Harrington, special and underserved populations recreation supervisor, at raquishia-harrington@iowa-city.org or (319) 356-5228

Day of Service

• Where: Iowa Memorial Union, 125 N. Madison St., Iowa City

• When: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday

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• Details: University of Iowa students, faculty, staff and Iowa City community members are invited to a Day of Service in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. Volunteer check-in is 8 to 8:30 a.m. in the Iowa Memorial Union second-floor ballroom. Participants will be assigned a volunteer location and receive a free T-shirt, while supplies last. Volunteers then will spread across the community to complete service projects before returning to the Memorial Union for a free lunch. In case of poor weather, the event will be postponed to Jan. 26. Other events to honor King will be held on campus throughout the week.

• More information: mlk.uiowa.edu

MLK Community Celebration Service

• Where: Bethel AME Church, 411 S. Governor St., Iowa City

• When: 2:30 p.m. Monday

• Guest speakers: Iowa City Community School Board member Ruthenia Malone, Iowa City Council members Bruce Teague and Mazahir Salih and Johnson County Supervisor Rod Sullivan, with musical performances by Bethel AME Choir, East Union Mennonite Church Choir, Slayton Thompson and Ordained to Praise. Refreshments will be served after the program.

MOUNT VERNON

MLK Day of Service, Speech and Vigil

• Where: Cornell College, Thomas Commons, 600 First St. SW, Mount Vernon

• When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. day of service, 5 to 5:45 p.m. speech and vigil Monday

• Details: Join the Cornell College Civic Engagement Office and Office of Intercultural Life for a day of service sewing heart pillows for University of Iowa cardiac surgery patients, making tie blankets for Hope Lodge cancer patients with Colleges Against Cancer or sewing quilts for children in need through Project Linus. At 5 p.m., the college will host a re-creation of part of Martin Luther King Jr.’s final speech, followed by a vigil led by the Rev. Catherine Quehl-Engel from Thomas Commons to Allee Chapel. The events are open to both campus and community members. Additional events to commemorate King will be held on campus throughout the week.

• More information: news.cornellcollege.edu/2019/01/cornell-college-celebrates-the-life-of-mlk

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