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Because of the pandemic, the Doña Ana Branch of the NAACP has postponed the Martin Luther King Jr. rally that had been scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 16, at Plaza de Las Cruces, the branch announced.
However, the Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast will be held live via Zoom beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 17. The keynote speaker will be Lt. Gov. Howie Morales of Silver City. There is no cost to participate, but registration is required.
To register for the breakfast, visit us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JEFaZqQMTLKfw_RySg5veA.
Or visit naacpdac.org, click on “CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO” and then click on “Register Click Here.”
The theme of this year’s breakfast is “Always Fighting Forward.”
Morales was elected New Mexico’s 30th lieutenant governor in 2018.
A native of Silver City, he worked as a special education teacher in the Silver City and Cobre (Bayard, New Mexico) school districts before being elected Grant County clerk in 2004. Morales held that position until his appointment to the New Mexico State Senate representing District 28 in January 2008 following the death of long-time state Sen. Ben Altamirano. He held the Senate seat until his election as lieutenant governor.
King was born Jan. 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. He was assassinated April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. A Baptist minister and civil rights leader, King won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977. He earned a doctorate in systematic theology from Boston University. King led the 1955 bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama where, on Dec. 5, 1955, Rosa Parks, a Black woman, was arrested for refusing to give her seat on a bus to a white person. The boycott lasted Dec. 5, 1955-Dec. 20, 1956.
King helped organize the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, during which he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. King was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day was established as a holiday in numerous cities and states beginning in 1971. President Ronald Reagan made it a federal holiday in 1986.