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MLK celebration to explore facets of civil rights leader's life

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. acknowledges the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial for his "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington, D.C, on Aug. 28, 1963. The Quincy branch of the NAACP will host a celebration of King's life at 10 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church, 739 N. Eighth. | AP File Photo
Posted: Jan. 12, 2018 12:01 am Updated: Jan. 12, 2018 11:26 pm

QUINCY -- This year will mark 50 years since the death of the civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. His life will be celebrated at the 32nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration sponsored by the Quincy branch of the NAACP.

The celebration is set for 10 a.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church, 739 N. Eighth.

The theme of this year's service will focus on King as "The Spiritual Man, the Intellectual Man and the Civil Rights Man," and the service will feature three speakers.

The Rev James Hailey of Bethel AME Church will speak on King as the spiritual man.

A Memphis, Tenn., native, Hailey has been pastor of Bethel AME for 12 years, and before that, he worked at other AME churches in Mounds, Alton, Godfrey, Carbondale and East St. Louis.

The Rev. Orville B. Jones of First Baptist Church will speak on King as the intellectual man.

From Indianapolis, Jones came to Quincy in 1986 to pastor First Baptist Church after serving another congregation for eight years in Indiana's largest city.

Speaking on King as the civil rights man will be the Rev. Timothy White of Trinity United Church of Christ.

A Belleville native, White has been pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ since 1990. After being ordained in 1986, he started his service in Grand Rapids, Mich.

A leader in the American civil rights movement, King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his efforts to gain equal rights for blacks.

King was assassinated in 1968 at age 39.

His "I Have a Dream" speech was delivered Aug. 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. He shared his vision for peace and equality before a crowd of more than 250,000 people.

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