Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations around South Bend

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South Bend Heritage came together with the Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation of St. Joseph County to organize a full day of commemorative activities for the 31st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in South Bend.

The theme of this year’s celebration is “Reclaim the Dream.” The scheduled events begin at Century Center with the Community Service Recognition Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. The ticketed event is also a scholarship and award ceremony.

Exhibits and vendors will be set up along the lower level of Century Center from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Inspiration School of Beauty Culture is included in that list. They'll be giving away free haircuts, styling, manicures and massages to anyone who stops by until 3 p.m.

Next door to Inspiration School of Beauty Culture is the Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Joseph County table. They’re making it easy for adults to apply to be a mentor and kids to register to become “little” brothers or sisters.

The day proceeds with the following panels, workshops and blood drive from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.:

The Real Economics of Black Entrepreneurship: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
MLK Blood Drive: 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Finding Your Dreams: 10:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. Suite #1
Black Intelligence Panel: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Suite #2

The ceremonial march to Century Center will start at 11:45 a.m. at the County City Building.

The following workshops will begin after the march:

Using Our Voices – Black Lives Matter: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Recital Hall
Building Wealth & Working Together: 12:-00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Suite #12
Open Mic – Spoken Word Artists: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Great Hall
Personal Finance: Get Lean in 2017: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Suite 3
Finding Your Dreams: 1:00 p.m. Suite 1
Appreciate of a Queen: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Suite 2
Children’s Room for Children Ages 5 – 10 Years: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Suites 8-10

The Youth Culture program starts at 3 p.m. at Century Center. Kids will have a chance to show off their talents whether it’s singing, dancing or instrumental performances.

A final concert at the Morris Performing Arts Center closes out the day. The show starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. Entry is free for students and kids; Adults pay $10. Ticket information and details on the events can be found on South Bend Heritage’s website.