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The 27th annual celebration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held at noon on Monday, Jan. 15, in the Benton Convention Center, 301 W. Fifth St.

The Rev. William J. Barber II, the president of the North Carolina NAACP, will be the keynote speaker. Barber is the pastor of Green Leaf Christian Church in Goldsboro. He is an adjunct instructor of public policy at North Carolina Central University and Duke University, and the former executive director of the North Carolina Human Relations Commission.

The program will include a tribute to the late Coretta Scott King and music by the Mount Tabor High School Gospel Choir. During the celebration, Maya Angelou, Northeast Ward City Council Member and Mayor Pro Tempore Vivian H. Burke, Edwin G. Wilson and the late Benjamin S. Ruffin will receive the Martin Luther King Jr. "Dare to Make a Difference Award."

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration is organized by Mutter D. Evans and co-sponsored by the Winston-Salem Human Relations Commission and the Winston-Salem chapter of the NAACP.

For more information, call Mutter Evans at 971-7852.

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