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Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — As the nation pauses to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior, the Pittsburgh area is remembering the slain civil rights leader.

In honor of Dr. King, President Barack Obama and his family will spend some of the day doing community service; meanwhile, work continues on a national memorial in Washington.

Locally, Carnegie Mellon University will mark the holiday with performances by drama students as well as children’s activities and interactive workshops. The president of Bennett College for Women will also give a speech looking at Dr. King’s economic legacy.

CMU’s celebration is free and open to members of the university as well as the Pittsburgh community. Click here for more details

The Children’s Museum is also celebrating the civil rights leader with a special “King for a Day” event today. Visitors will get the chance to read an excerpt from a Dr. King speech, record their own rap and make their own dream journal. Click here for more details

St. Charles Lwanga Parish in Homewood celebrated the life and achievements of Dr. King during a special interfaith celebration yesterday. Several choirs and musical groups performed during the 27th annual celebration. This year’s theme of “Building a Community of Hope” also included readings of excerpts from Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

In honor of the holiday, all federal, state, and county government offices will be closed today, as will state liquor stores, post offices and banks.

Garbage will not be collected in the city of Pittsburgh; and other communities may delay collection one day as well.

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