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OKC: what events will be happening for Martin Luther King Jr. Day?

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World travelers heading to Oklahoma City who find themselves there on Martin Luther King Jr. Day may be wondering what will be on in the city?

That's a good question, and, fortunately, it's one we can answer.

Martin Luther King Jr. day is one that is honored throughout America. The nation pauses to reflect on the work that Dr. King did. His dedication to civil rights helped make America the country it is today, even if we still have some ways to go.

It's only fitting, then, that various events take place to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and his memory.

And Oklahoma City does this celebrating very well.

On the third Monday of January each year, in Oklahoma City, with 2012 being no exception, residents and visitors to the city will find a parade going on. There's also a silent march that takes place.

In January 2012 the parade will be at 2pm. It will begin at Broadway Ave and NW 7th and the marchers will progress from Broadway to Sheridan. Note there will be grandstands at NW 5th and Broadway Avenue. Want more information or want to know how you can be involved in it? Then check in with the coordinators William Jones at (405) 306-8440 or Garland Pruitt at (405) 473-6152 .

Another event taking place on Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the Prayer Breakfast. This will be held at the Reed Conference Center near Rose State College. It's expected that around 4-500 people will attend this breakfast (so arrive early to secure your place) which begins at 7am, Monday, January 16th. After breakfast, speeches and music will follow.

One of the most popular events of the day is the Silent March. It will commence at 9am on Monday, January 16, 2012 and it will be done the way early civil rights marches were done - in silence. The Silent March will start at the Freedom Center and continue to the Oklahoma History Center on N. Laird.

But the day and the celebrations are not over yet.

After the march, there will be a bell ringing ceremony. The bell ringing will take place at 11am on Monday 16th January 2012.

The bell itself will actually be a replica of the Liberty Bell, placed outside the Oklahoma History Center. Be sure to see it.

No MLK Jr. Day celebration would be complete with a reading of the man's famous "I Have a Dream" speech, however.

And that event will happen at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral located on NW 7th (speaker yet to be determined). Be sure to witness the speech taking place from noon until 2pm, which is when the parade will begin.

All the Martin Luther King Jr. Day events taking place in Oklahoma City are well worth the visit. Don't miss them.

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See photos and video on the left-hand side for more on this story.

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