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Martin Luther King Day
updated: Jan 23, 2013, 8:05 AM

By Robert Bernstein

Martin Luther King Day was celebrated in a big way Monday in Santa Barbara.

And it was quite an historic occasion. 2013 is the 50th anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" speech. And during the celebration this year, Barack Obama was being inaugurated for his second term as president.

The events started in De La Guerra Plaza and continued with a march up State Street to the Arlington Theater.

Inside the Arlington Theater the program began right on time at 11AM and ran until about 1:20PM.

The program included dance, music and presentation of poetry and essay contest winners from local schools.

It also included a video about King's bold move to talk about the US war in Vietnam as a great injustice that was very much going to be a part of the civil rights movement. This decision was not well received by many of his own supporters. As history shows, King was indeed a great leader who was ahead of his time.

Here are my photos. And at the top of the page is a link to a scan of the detailed program of events and names of the performers and awardees.

After the program at the Arlington Theater, people walked to a free community lunch at the First United Methodist Church at 305 East Anapamu Street. And yet more music and even some dancing!

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