On Jan. 15, 1929, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was born.
Across the United States today, many schools, banks and government offices are closed to pay tribute and remember a man who was not only a hero and leader to many, but also may have been one of the most courageous people to live in America.
His life ended far too soon in 1968, but his legacy will endure forever.
An event that pays tribute to Dr. King takes place today in Dunkirk at the Moose Lodge on Lake Shore Drive. The annual Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon will feature keynote speaker the Rev. Cheni Khonje, who is the pastor of the First United Presbyterian Church of Dunkirk, 19 W. Fourth St. Dunkirk.
Pastor Khonje was born in Malawi and lived in Zambia and the Netherlands before coming to the United States as a teenager.
The theme of this year's luncheon is "The Time Is Always Right to Do What Is Right." The public is invited to attend the event at noon.