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Community plans MLK Day celebrations

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By Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe / Staff Writer

Church and community groups have planned activities to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy today, including a flag football game, a reception and a march, as well as a community dinner and program.

Southeast Denton residents and city parks officials helped organize the event along with representatives from the University of North Texas.

The day begins with a traditional flag football game for youth at the MLK Jr. Recreation Center fields, 1300 Wilson St. at 11 a.m. UNT will play host to a reception honoring people for their community service from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on campus at the Willis Library, 1506 Highland St.

Following the reception, the student body will march from UNT to Fred Moore Park with a police escort, where they will join people from the community.

That portion of the march is expected to take 30 to 45 minutes, according to city recreation specialist, Denesha Factory, who has helped organize the march for many years.

The march will continue from there to the MLK Jr. Recreation Center, where a celebration under the theme “Living the Dream through Words and Deeds” continues, Factory said.

Songs from the American Legion Hall Senior Chorus and the Mount Calvary Baptist Church are planned as well as dances from the Dominion World Liturgical Dance Team. Pastor Cedric Chambers from Mount Calvary Baptist Church will also address the crowd.

The Denton Chapter NAACP, local community churches, and UNT fraternities and sororities are providing dinner and refreshments.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kali Flewellen at 940-349-8271.

PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881 and via Twitter at @phwolfeDRC.