There are several events throughout Middle Tennessee to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday. There are also some road closures due to the events.
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Marchers will depart from Jefferson Street Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Monday to walk to the Gentry Center at Tennessee State University for a convocation honoring King at noon. Learn more here.
Jefferson Street will be closed from 11th to 28th avenues north at 8 a.m. There also won't be Interstate 40 East access to Jefferson Street starting at 10:30 a.m.
Strong Tower Bible Church in Franklin will have a 7 p.m. celebration including readings, a video and music. Performer Nicole C. Mullen will sing songs from her upcoming album. There will be speeches and readings from King and Coretta Scott King.
The free event will be in the Worship Center of The People's Church, 828 Murfreesboro Road. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The Clarksville branch of the NAACP will hold a worship service at 5 p.m. Saturday at Liberty Church, 613 E St. This year's theme is "One Nation, One Dream," and three activists from the civil rights era will offer reflections.
The NAACP community march is scheduled to start at noon Monday from Burt Elementary School to Public Square for a prayer. Marchers will then walk to the Montgomery County Jail for another prayer before going back to the school.
The Clarksville Area Ministerial Association will hold its 14th annual Unity Worship Service in honor of King at 6 p.m. Monday at Faith Outreach Church. Rev. Frank Billue of New Birth Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga., will speak on this year's theme, "Hope in Troubled Times." Call coordinator Anderson H. Grant at 220-2256 or 645-0168 for more information.