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UPDATE: Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at Century Center postponed to Feb. 21

The local theme this year is “Heal the Dream With Truth, Justice and Love.”
The local theme this year is “Heal the Dream With Truth, Justice and Love.”(WNDU)
Published: Jan. 4, 2022 at 8:11 PM EST
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UPDATE: After consulting with local health professionals, hospitals and key community members, officials have decided to postpone the in-person Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at the Century Center to Presidents’ Day.

Officials say hosting the celebration on Jan. 17 as originally planned is too much of a risk because of the continued increase in COVID positivity rates in our area. All previously planned events that were to take place at Century Center on Jan. 17th will now be held on Feb. 21 instead.

Sponsorships, breakfast tickets and vendor booths that have already been purchased or reserved will be honored for Feb. 21.

ORIGINAL STORY:

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - Leaders in South Bend and Mishawaka are getting ready for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The 36th annual celebration will happen on Jan. 17 at the Century Center in downtown South Bend. The local theme this year is “Heal the Dream With Truth, Justice and Love.”

There will be workshops and presentations. There will also be a blood drive and a COVID-19 vaccine clinic.

“We are encouraging people to get the booster shot if they need a booster shot to come and be vaccinated,” says Gladys Muhammad, who serves on the board of the Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation of St. Joseph County. “It’s about saving lives protecting their lives and the lives of others.”

The celebration will kick off at 7:30 a.m. with the Mayor’s Recognition Awards Breakfast.

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