Many events in Kalamazoo honor ;late civil rights leader

Day of service includes several projects in Kalamazoo

Melvin Earl Rutherford


Retired school teacher Harold Bragg was at the historic March on Washington in 1963. He was back in the nation's capital this past summer to mark the 50th anniversary of that march and Martin Luther King Junior's "I have a dream" speech. 

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All eyes were on the nation’s capital this summer for events commemorating the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Now Kalamazoo will have its own celebration marking the snowy night 50 years ago that King spoke at Western Michigan University, just four months after that historic address in Washington, D.C.

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The weekend of August 24-25 marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior’s “March on Washington” where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. A vigil and march planned on Sunday in Kalamazoo to commemorate the event takes aim at the nation’s military spending. It’s organized by the group Kalamazoo Non-Violent Opponents of War as part of a week-long series of events during Occupy (Inter)National in Kalamazoo.