Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be observed at special events in Elkhart and Goshen.


Two days of events are scheduled at Goshen College.

Sunday, Jan. 15

• 9:30 a.m.: Church service and discussion, College Mennonite Church, 1900 S. Main St., Goshen.

• 7 p.m.: "Community Gathering: Building a Movement with Self, Story, and Song," Umble Center, 1700 S. Main St., Goshen.

Monday, Jan. 16

• 7:30 a.m.: Community breakfast, Church-Chapel, 1700 S. Main St., Goshen (advance tickets are required and are available at

• 9 a.m.: Spoken-Word Coffeehouse, Church-Chapel.

• 10 a.m.: Convocation, Church-Chapel.

• Noon and 1:45 p.m.: Workshops and Lectures, Church-Chapel.

• 3 p.m.: Town hall, Church-Chapel.

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People's History of Elkhart's annual celebration will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, at the Roosevelt Center, 215 E. Indiana Ave., Elkhart.

The event will highlight music and dance, youth activities, food and the arts. Organizers say the observance "joins others around the nation who are reviving King's efforts in Calling for a New Poor People's Campaign."

Performers, speakers and activities include:

• Step Kings of Canaan Baptist Church.

• Community Portrait Project: Who makes beloved community for you? Invite them, and photo booth pictures at the event will make an art installation that shows the "Faces of Our Beloved Community!"

• Short film: "The Poor People’s Campaign Midwest Tour" with footage from 2016 in Elkhart, joined by Donald Brown of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Working Group, Dara Márquez Venegas of Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance (IUYA), and Laura Miller, Goshen College history major (class of 2017).