Events planned to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Local community groups are hosting a variety of events Monday to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation sponsored a volunteer community cleanup.

It took place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers gathered near Taft Elementary School on the south side of Youngstown to help clean up nearly a dozen severely blighted vacant homes that are in the direct path of some students’ walk to school.

Also Monday, the MLK Planning Committee of Mahoning County sponsored a workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church on Wick Avenue in Youngstown.

A free baby shower for new and expectant mothers will take place at the McGuffey Center in Youngstown Monday afternoon.

These are just a few of the many events taking place around the Valley to remember Dr. King.

His life and legacy will also be celebrated Monday at the Atlanta church where he worked as a pastor.

Dr. King was assassinated on April 4th, 1968, and his legacy as a champion of civil rights has been honored and recognized since his death.

All city, county, state and federal offices are closed today, and there is no mail delivery.

Many schools are closed today including Youngstown, Warren, Salem, Niles, Sharon and New Castle Schools. YSU and Kent State’s Trumbull campus are both closed.

Most banks are closed and some trash collection is delayed one day.

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