Central Point’s 4th annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., will be held at Crater Performing Arts Center in January 2017. King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000. Master of Ceremonies of the celebration is Matthew Reynolds, teacher at the Crater Renaissance Academy of Arts and Sciences.
History of Central Point MLK Celebration