Muskogee’s celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. begins today with the premiere showing of “Soul Food Junkies” at the Roxy Theater.
Events continue daily through Monday with a Soul Food Cook-off and the annual parade.
The celebration ends Monday evening with a commemorative musical and oratorical contest.
The events are well worth your attention and participation.
While you are enjoying the fun, please take time to remember the man and what he meant to our society.
Dr. King urged us to judge people by the content of their character and not just the color of their skin.
It was poignant in the 1960s and just as important now.
We are farther along in race relations than in the ’60s, but we have many more miles to go.
Enjoy the activities.
Remember the dream.
• Premiere showing of “Soul Food Junkies” — 7 p.m. at the Roxy Theater, 220 W. Okmulgee Ave.
• Rhythm and Blues Show — 7 p.m. at the Roxy Theater.
• Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Soul Food Cook-Off — Noon at the Muskogee Civic Center, 425 Boston St.
• Gospel Show — 6 p.m. at the Roxy Theater.
• Pancake Breakfast, 8:30 a.m. at the Martin Luther King Center, 627 N. Third St. Cost, $5.
• Presidential Inauguration Watch Party — 9 a.m. to noon at the Martin Luther King Center.
• Parade line-up — Noon at North 11th and Martin Luther King streets. Advance entry forms available at MLK Center or sign up day of parade.
• Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade and Car Show — Parade begins at 1 p.m. at the corner of North 11th and Martin Luther King streets, ending at the MLK Center on Third Street where the car show will be held.
• St. Mark Baptist Church commemorative musical and oratorical contest — 7 p.m. at the church, 1020 S. Second St.
• Roxy Theater and Muskogee Civic Center events: (918) 684-6362.
• Martin Luther King Center events: (918) 684-6314.
• St. Mark Baptist Church information and entry forms: www.stmarkbc.com.