Northern California city's annual Martin Luther King Day celebration goes on
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Northern California city's annual Martin Luther King Day celebration goes on

Vallejo : CA : USA | Jan 08, 2013 at 2:46 AM PST
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Solano County's largest city again plans to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, this time with a slight change.

Vallejo's annual celebration is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, instead of the actual King holiday on Jan. 21, to avoid conflicting with the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Inauguration Day in the United States is on Jan. 20 but, because that is a Sunday, the public observance of Obama's second inauguration has been pushed back to Jan. 21.

Obama is expected to be sworn in privately at the White House on Jan. 20 to satisfy constitutional requirements.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the third Monday in January; this year, it also falls on Jan. 21.

"We don't want to compete with the inauguration event going on in Washington, D.C.," Jimmie Jackson, president of the Vallejo chapter of the NAACP, told the Vallejo Times-Herald newspaper.

"This is a historic event, he said. "We're having the inauguration of the first -- and only -- African American president."

Vallejo's parade that usually accompanies the King day celebration has been cancelled for the second time in the past four years; the 2004 parade was cancelled due to inclement weather.

Of course, Obama's inauguration will be his second since his historic 2008 election as the country's first black president.

Obama was re-elected to a second four-year term in November.

Jackson said the parade would return to Vallejo in 2014.

"We will be back next year," he told the newspaper. "This is just a temporary setback."

The local NAACP chapter has invited members to a free viewing of the Jan. 21 inauguation at the restored Empress Theatre at 330 Virginia St.

Vallejo has held annual parades to honor King, the famed civil rights leader assassinated in 1968, since a year before Martin Luther King Jr. Day became a national holiday in 1983.

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U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs the bill making Martin Luther King Jr. Day a national holiday on Nov. 2, 1983, as Coretta Scott King, King's widow, and other dignitaries look on. Photo: White House Photo Office/Wikimedia Commons
Nathan Salant is based in San Francisco, California, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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