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REMEMBERING Without luncheon, donations assist

The OBSERVER’s View

In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the local Juneteenth committee decided that even if a luncheon could not be held to remember and celebrate a legacy it could do something just as significant: offer its assistance to the community.

Due to COVID-19, the annual King day luncheon that normally attracts 200 community leaders and residents will not be held. Organizers have decided to honor the day with a “See me” literacy drive.

“We’re having a book drive and asking people to donate African American books not only on Martin Luther King, but also to honor Black History Month,” committee member Frank Torain said. “Anything will help. If they want to donate books, if they want to donate money so we can buy books that’s great.”

While a deadline was noted for today, the effort remains significant — and worth a contribution. Those who would still like to help make a difference by calling 363-1102. They can also mail donations to Northern Chautauqua County Juneteenth Celebration Committee, 415 Mullet St., Dunkirk, NY 14048.

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