MLK Day event puts focus on being 'the Dream'

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"This is something that allows everyone to help each other out and really just build that sense of community that Martin Luther King was really hoping for and striving for", said Josue Martinez, a volunteer with Hunger Free America.

"I was looking back at some of Dr. King's quotes the other day".

Rod Sheppard, a member of the fraternity and chairman of this year's event, said 750-800 people are expected for the breakfast.

Central is honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day of service and discussion about civil rights issues Thursday on campus. This year that is January 15, which also is King's birthday.

Saturday's event also featured a presentation of "King &Cronkite: A Live Multimedia Performance", starring Jim Korinke and Walter Coppage - professional actors from Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo. - as Cronkite and King, respectively.

"I'm very involved in advocating for rights in general and it's part of why I'm so happy and honored to be the keynote speaker", Pena said. Monday's holiday honors the civil rights activist.

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"You have to know how today affects tomorrow".

Hosted by the Brazos Valley Area Alumae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the march is set to begin at 10 a.m.

The BLM will waive recreation-related fees for visitors to public lands on four additional occasions this year - Presidents' Day, Feb. 19; National Get Outdoors Day, June 9; National Public Lands Day, Sept. 22; and Veterans' Day, Nov. 11.

Arlington city officials said they denied a parade permit because organizers fell short on funding for security and traffic management, not because of the potential protests and boycotts.

With immigration policy at the forefront of the political conversation both locally and nationally over the past year, the committee also made reaching out to the local Latino community a priority.

The event will begin with a half-hour reception at 5:30 p.m. Auggie Gonzeles returns to serve as emcee once more for the hour-long main program at 6 p.m.

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