King Center to celebrate 30th anniversary of MLK holiday

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Posted: Jan 17, 2016 11:01 AM

ATLANTA (AP) — The King Center in Atlanta is set to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday at Ebenezer Baptist Church.

The commemorative service Monday caps more than a week of events to celebrate the slain civil rights icon's legacy. The overarching theme of this year's celebration is "Remember! Celebrate! Act! King's Legacy of Freedom for Our World."

King's daughter, the Rev. Bernice King, said freedom is something that people all over the world strive for. The theme of freedom is especially meaningful this year, she said, because it is the 50th anniversary of her father going to Chicago to highlight the need for open and fair housing.

For that reason, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro is set to speak at the service.