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Nation to honor MLK Jr. as Obama is inaugurated

Jan 21st, 2013 - National News

ATLANTA (AP) — The nation will honor civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. today — the same day as it celebrates the inauguration of the first black president to his second term.

A quirk in the calendar pushed President Barack Obama's public swearing-in in Washington onto the national holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader.

Meanwhile, in Atlanta, the King Center will hosts its annual commemorative service featuring the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, who's president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. The speech will mark the first time a Latino leader has served as the keynote speaker for the commemorative service on the King holiday.

Detroit's schools are looking for people who want to mark Martin Luther King Day with volunteer activity in the district, one of many activities around Michigan honoring the memory of the slain civil rights pioneer.

The Detroit Public Schools says community members are participating in two- to three-hour-long projects Monday morning at more than a dozen Detroit public schools. The projects include school beautification.

The Thomas Cooley Law School is hosting an event Monday at the Auburn Hills campus. The school's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day program kicks off with a 9 a.m. breakfast and a nondenominational prayer service at 9:30 a.m.

Detroit Catholic Auxiliary Bishop Arturo Cepeda is celebrating Mass at 10 a.m. Monday at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit to honor King.

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