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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

New approach planned for annual remembrance

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

This year Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Dublin will be different.

The community grassroots group that organizes the annual commemoration is rolling out a whole new event for Jan. 21.

In the past, the event has included music, insights from students and a speaker at a Dublin high school.

"This is totally different from what we've done in the past," said Bridget Dritz, co-leader of the grassroots group.

This year Dublin's Martin Luther King, Jr. commemoration will be held at Dublin AMC Theatre, 6700 Village Parkway, and include a showing of Lincoln, the recently released movie about the president's final months in office trying to end the civil war and abolish slavery.

"AMC in Dublin is letting us, free of charge to the public, on a first-come, first-served basis, (offer) a viewing of Lincoln," Dritz said.

The event will draw a connection between the civil rights leader and the 16th president of the U.S. "Since, it's been 150 years since the Emancipation Proclamation and that's what Lincoln is about," Dritz said.

"We're making a connection between Lincoln and (Martin Luther) King to give the newer generation some education on the situation," she said.

"Younger people don't realize who Dr. King was or the history of it."

Before the movie is shown, there will be a short 10-minute talk tying Lincoln to King, Dritz said.

"Lincoln did the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and he declared all slaves in the states to be free forever and 100 years later, Dr. King's 'I have a dream' speech in Washington was designed as a homage to Lincoln's Gettysburg address," she said. "We're making this an educational experience."

The event is free and the theater seats 170, Dritz said. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and the movie is expected to start at 11 a.m.

The group is unsure of what kind of attendance to expect because the location has changed and Martin Luther King Jr. Day falls on the same day as the second inauguration of President Obama. Weather also plays a factor, Dritz said.

A Martin Luther King Jr. Day service project is also slated for Jan. 20 at the Convalarium at Indian Run.

"Dublin AMC Theatre and the Convalarium at Indian Run were very generous with helping this year," Dritz said.

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