Last year, the Mid-South Peace & Justice Center celebrated its 25th anniversary with a grand gala at Bridges. This year's 26th birthday party will be a humbler affair at the center's offices in First Congregational Church in Cooper-Young.
But the speakers for the event are no less impressive. After all, this year marks the 40th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s death. The Peace and Justice Center was founded on the anniversary of King's death in 1982 to help further his legacy of non-violence.
Michael Honey (pictured), author of Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, King's Last Campaign, and labor leader William Lucy will discuss King's unfinished agenda of peace, justice, and labor rights.
Arrive early for the center's open house. They'll be offering tours of their new office space and radio studio. Food Not Bombs will cater a vegetarian buffet. Expect plenty of adult beverages. Honey, also a blues musician, will provide entertainment.
Mid-South Peace & Justice Center Anniversary Party, Saturday, January 19th, 5-7 p.m. (open house), 7 p.m. (speakers), First Congregational Church, 1000 S. Cooper (725-4990). Free.