The 25th annual Ashland Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration was held Monday, January 21st at the Historic Ashland Armory in downtown Ashland. The event was free and open to the public.

Ashland, Oregon's 25 annual celebration of MLK Day includes presentations by Scenic Middle School in Central Point, Oregon Shakespeare Festival actors Jerome Preston Bates and Christina Acosta Robinson, Ashland Dance Works, The Rogue Valley Gospel Group, Alexander Barnes, and Rodney Gardiner. Master of Ceremonies DL Richardson of Southern Oregon University started the program with a brief history of the Civil Rights movement in photos, music, and of course the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Each year, residents of a small Oregon town known for its progressive, social-minded community gather to celebrate the life and messages of Dr. King. Students from the Ashland School District, SOU, OSF actors and community groups will contribute songs, dances and dramatic performances.

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