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What is your city doing in honor of Dr. King?

What is your city doing in honor of MLK Day?  

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  1. 1. What is your city doing in honor of MLK Day?

    • Parade
    • Prayer Services/Breakfast
    • Unity activities
    • Peace Walk
    • Service Awards Banquet
    • Heritage Events
    • Memorial Services
    • Other
    • Not nearly enough
    • Too much

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Pittsburgh events honoring Martin Luther King:


Areawide -- Join more than 300 Pittsburghers and volunteers at 16 sites to celebrate the life of Dr. King. Youth and adult volunteers will complete hands-on work at sites such as Angel's Place, Bradley, the Center for Creative Play, Global Links, Holy Family Institute, Marian Manor, Sunrise Senior Living and more. For more information, call Allegheny County's Promise at 412-269-3483 or Pittsburgh Cares at 412-471-2114.

Schenley Park -- 3rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration in Schenley Park is hosted by Join Venture Outdoors and the Student Conservation Association. Takes place at the ice skating rink from 1-4 p.m. Admission free. Ice skating is $3 for children and $4 for adults. All participants must complete release waivers.

Uptown -- Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network sponsors a regional summit on immigration policy from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Duquesne Room at Duquesne University Union. A $5 donation is requested. Call 412-621-9230 for information or reservations.

Upper Hill District -- The Rev. Curtis Jones, former National Black Presbyterian Caucus in the Presbyterian Church executive director, will speak at the caucus Pittsburgh Chapter's celebratory service and luncheon at noon at Grace Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1000 Bryn Mawr Road. Call Alethia George at 412-681-8728 for information.

Oakland -- Carnegie Mellon University holds the following events: President Jared L. Cohon speaks on the university's diversity at 12:30 p.m. at the university center on Forbes Avenue. Students recite narratives revealing personal experiences with racial difference and discrimination at 1:30 p.m. A panel of civic leaders discusses black rights and gay rights at 2:30 p.m. A candlelight procession from the university center to the Fence begins at 4:30 p.m. Author, professor and historian Darlene Clark Hine speaks on "Freedom is Our Business: Black Professionals Before the Modern Civil Rights Movement" at 5 p.m. For more information, call Susan Cribbs at 412-268-2900.

Bloomfield/Garfield -- Bloomfield/Garfield Corp. holds a Dr. King celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. at the BGC Community Activity Center, 113 N. Pacific Ave. Churches, schools, organizations and individuals can participate and perform in the celebration; call 412-441-9833.

Oakland -- The YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh Center for Race Relations holds a panel discussion "Black Rights, Gay Rights: Expanding the Boundaries of Civil Rights" from 2:30 to 3:40 p.m. in the Connan Room at Carnegie Mellon University Center. Free. Call 412-364-3844 for more information.

Oakland -- Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity holds a candlelight vigil and march at 6 p.m. in front of Pitt's Cathedral of Learning.


Oakland -- Kweisi Mfume, outgoing president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, speaks at 7 p.m. in Benedum Hall on the University of Pittsburgh campus. Sponsored by the Black Action Society. Call 412-648-7834 for more information.


East Liberty -- Organizations and individuals will gather at the Black & White Reunion from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at East Liberty Presbyterian Church, 116 S. Highland Ave. Admission is $20 at the door, $10 for youth and groups more than 10. Refreshments and lunch provided. For more information, call 412-441-3800, ext. 32.


Citywide -- This year's Expressions of Freedom writing contest is open to all pupils in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. Participants must create 30-second broadcast public service announcements that demonstrate how they and other young people are putting Dr. King's words into action and spreading his values of nonviolence and understanding throughout the community. Twenty-four winners will receive $100 savings bonds from Citizens Bank and have their announcements broadcast on WPXI-TV or WAMO-FM. Entries must be postmarked no later than Feb. 17 and sent to: Citizens Bank Writing Contest, 525 William Penn Place, Suite 2840, Pittsburgh 15219. The pupils' full names, ages, addresses and phone numbers must appear on a separate sheet of paper attached to each entry. For more details about the contest, call Beth Lackner at 412-867-2455.

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