Martin Luther King Day events in RI

(2/2)Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., is pictured at an integration rally in Montgomery, Ala., May 21, 1961. (AP Photo/Horace Cort)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The state of Rhode Island paused Monday, January 20, to remember the life and work of Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Several events were held throughout the state.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. state holiday commission hosted an annual celebration of the Civil Rights leader’s life at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Providence. Governor Lincoln Chafee, Senator Jack Reed, and Congressman David Ciciline attended along with many other state and city officials.

Awards were presented to James Vincent and James Winters for their contributions to the community. The former head of the Providence branch of the NAACP was also recognized.

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