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Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Honored

ASHLAND, Ore. — Ashland will hold its Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration today.

The event begins at noon in the Ashland Armory. The event is free, but you are asked to bring a food item to donate to ACCESS. The doors open at 11:30 a.m., and organizers say the event usually is standing room only by noon.

Overflow seating is available in Carpenter Hall. This year, the keynote address will be President Obama’s inauguration speech. The ceremony will be followed by a march to Lithia Park, and a broadcast of the “I Have A Dream” speech.

Every Sunday before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Medford MLK Task Force awards a local activist for their life’s work. This year, Rich Rohde received the ‘I Have A Dream’ Award for community services in social justice. Rohde was sick and couldn’t accept the award in person. The keynote speaker was Medford resident Maurice Woodward, who talked about his participation in the civil rights movement.