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Aurora Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.

By Ryan Hiller

Aurora, Ill.- The city of Aurora is celebrating the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in honor of his birthday. Various events have been planned around the city this weekend in honor of the late civil rights leader.

On Friday Jan. 13 Aurora University is holding a MLK Day presentation. The lecture will be led by Rev. Julian E. Spencer, pastor of Aurora’s Main Baptist Church. The presentation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Lowry Chapel, Eckhart Hall.

On Monday Jan. 16 the SciTech Hands On Museum is hosting a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. by performing two educational pieces on the history of Dr. King. The shows will be held at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The show is free with paid admission to the museum. The SciTech Hands On Museum is open Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is located at 18 W. Benton Street in Aurora. For more information call 630-859-8692.

On Monday night the City of Aurora is holding a tribute honoring Dr. King. The celebration includes performances from Aurora High School students, local choirs and professional dancers. Doors open at 6 p.m. The event will be held at West Aurora High School, 1201 W. New York Street in Aurora.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a leading activist of civil rights in the 1950s and 1960s. In 1964 King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation. The memory of Dr. King is still alive today and his timeless message of peace and equality endure.