Medford honors King's legacy

Medford's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration promotes peace and inclusiveness as conceived by the African-American civil rights movement's prominent leader.

KOBI-TV anchorman Larry Miller will emcee the 11th annual event, set for 2 to 4 p.m. in the auditorium at Central Medford High School, 815 S. Oakdale Ave.

The keynote address, "Walking with Dr. King," will be presented by Maurice Woodard of Medford. Woodard is a former field staff worker for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference — an African-American civil rights organization — who marched with King in the '60s.

The event will kick off with an invocation by Native American Elder Nick Hall on drum and Tom Smith on flute, and there will be a proclamation by Mayor Gary Wheeler.

Live music will be provided by songwriters Gene Burnett, Phoenix Sigalove and Frankie Hernandez, Living on Dreams Band with Kent Heyward, and Lavender Blue. Samoan dance troupe Peteli Praise will perform.

Admission is free.