Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; a day to recognize the man most consider a pioneer of the American civil rights movement.
King was born in 1929 and assassinated on April 4, 1968, at the age of 39. In addition to his civil rights work, King was a political activist and a Baptist minister. In 1964 he became the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work as a peacemaker, promoting nonviolence and equal treatment for different races.
A couple of films are being shown at Alpena Community College today, in honor of King. The movies deal with poverty and racial discrimination. A discussion of the films will follow each movie, led by ACC faculty member Matt Dunckel. The first movie will be shown at 9:30 a.m., and the second at 4 p.m.
A chili supper will be held inside the Lumberjack Shack at 6:15 p.m. to benefit the needy. And, a special discussion of poverty and the Muslim religion will be held in room 106, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established in 1986 as a United States holiday and is only the fourth federal holiday to honor an individual. (The other three being in honor of Jesus, George Washington, and Christopher Columbus).