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MLK events start Saturday, Jan. 19, and continue Monday, Jan. 21

27th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Award Breakfast: Sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, 7 a.m. Jan. 21, Columbus Convention & Trade Center. Bishop James E. Swanson Sr. of Mississippi will speak. Adults: $25-$30 at door; students: $15-$20 at door. Purchase tickets at Two Thousand Opportunities, 706-324-7071; International Funeral Home, 706-322-8713; or Hazel’s Flowers & Gifts, 706-327-7661.

Pine Mountain Trail MLK Day Hike: Meet at 1 p.m. Jan. 21, at the FDR park office. Malon Wickham will lead the Pine Mountain Trail hike to the Country Store. It’s 3.8 moderate miles. Hikers of all ages are welcome. No need to sign up, just show up a few minutes before the start time. Be sure to bring water and a snack. It’s free. Call Jim Hall 706-569-0497, for details.

Inauguration Luncheon: Hosted by the Muscogee County Democratic Party, it’s 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Columbus Convention & Trade Center. $30, includes lunch, keynote speaker, viewing of the swearing in ceremony, inaugural address and a T-shirt. 706-571-6234 or 706-325-7371.

MLK Day Commemoration Service: Michael Thurmond, former Georgia Labor Commissioner, will speak 11-11:45 a.m. Jan. 21 at Columbus Regional Conference Center at The Medical Center. 706-660-6566.

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