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Martin Luther King celebration, postponed by snow, now rescheduled

Sean Kirst

An annual Buffalo celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., postponed during a January snowstorm, has been rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 18, at 5:30 p.m. in Kleinhans Music Hall.

The event, organized by Buffalo's Concerned Citizens Following the Dream Committee, will be held in the year marking the 90th anniversary of King's birth. Among the recipients of special awards for civic service will be Agnes Bain, executive director of the African-American Community Center.

Bessie Patterson, longtime chairwoman of the King remembrance, said Bain's award will be one of several distributed to Western New Yorkers whose work honors King's legacy, within a program featuring many musical performances. Admission is free, and the keynote address will be offered by Rev. Jason Drayton of the First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.

The celebration will be held on the same stage where King delivered a speech to a Buffalo audience in November 1967, less than five months before he was shot to death in Memphis.

-- Sean Kirst

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