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A Celebration On The Way To This Year’s MLK Day

MLK Mural in downtown Chattanooga.
MLK Neighborhood Association of Chattanooga / Facebook
MLK Mural in downtown Chattanooga.

Next Monday is the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Here in Chattanooga, a multi-day celebration of the civil rights leader and his legacy is now under way for its 53rd year.

Eric Atkins is co-chair of the Unity Group of Chattanooga.

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