A number of events are taking place around the St. Louis area Monday as part of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. Here's some of what's happening in honor of the civil rights leader's life.
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As schools and government offices take the day off in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., one lifelong Manchester resident looks back at segregation and the civil rights movement in Manchester.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Gwen Ragno
Monday, January 17, 2011
While Town and Country and Manchester city offices are open, schools, libraries and government offices are all closed Monday, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. King was a major figure in the civil rights movement, the spokesperson for nonviolent resistance against racial discrimination. He was assassinated in 1968 and the federal holiday honoring his birth was established several years later. Aside from taking the day off, the cities of Manchester and Town and Country are holding no special events for the holiday. Juanita McKee, a retired history teacher, said that even though nothing official is going on, the schools likely spent class time talking about King and his role in American history. McKee's family has lived in Manchester …