Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Jan. 20, and there are a few celebrations planned around the Tri-Cities between Jan. 18-20.
Commemorative event at Richland library
The Richland Public Library will hold a commemorative event honoring the slain civil rights activist Jan. 18 that will feature Reagan Jackson and Felicia Loud.
Jackson is an international educator and community organizer, as well as an artist and author. Loud is a soul singer. Both are from Seattle.
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The event starts at 11 a.m. with Jackson giving a talk about her new book Coco LaSwish: A Fish from a Different Rainbow, then Loud will perform a selection of jazz tunes in the Doris Roberts Gallery at the library, 955 Northgate Drive, Richland.
The free event is sponsored by the African American Community Cultural and Educational Society. Refreshments will be available.
For more information, call the library at 942-7454 or go to www.richland.lib.wa.us.
Bell-ringing ceremony at CBC
Columbia Basin College will hold its annual bell-ringing ceremony starting at noon Jan. 20 in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. statue on the Pasco campus.
After the bell-ringing, the Federation of Choirs will perform, and then Tri-Citian Cos Edwards, the CEO of WorkSource Columbia Basin, will give a speech.
Also appearing at the event will be Miss Juneteenth Ajanae Kinsey.
Chili feed fundraiser
The African-American Academic Society is holding a chili feed fundraiser Jan. 20. The feed is from 1 to 3 p.m. at Ruth Livingston Elementary School, 9515 Road 84 in Pasco.
Cost is $5 for ages 13 and older, and $3 for kids 12 and younger. Desserts and lemonade are sold separately.
Proceeds from the event are used for scholarships for high school seniors, which are awarded at the end of the school year.