For the last 35 years people across the nation have celebrated Martin Luther King Day. Alice residents will join the nation Monday, Jan. 16 to remember the man who fought for equality.

True Light Missionary Baptist Church will host a march at 2 p.m. Monday. They will march from the corner of Carver and Encinal back to the church for a short program and refreshments.

At 4 p.m. the City of Alice will gather at Veterans Park on Alto Street for a Martin Luther Kind Memorial Walk. Everyone is encourage to attend and walk around the park.

On Tues, Jan. 17, Coastal Bend College Alice will have a presentation at 10 a.m. in the student auditorium. Guest speaker Rev. Adam T. Carrington out of Corpus Christi will talk about Martin Luther King and how his actions impact everyone.

Congress passed Martin Luther King Day 1983 and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. King was a spokesman for nonviolent activism during the Civil Rights Movement.The campaign for a federal holiday in King's honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.