Thousands observe MLK Day in E. Tenn.

Thousands observe MLK Day in E. Tenn.

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This is a look at last year's Memorial March Parade in Knoxville. This is a look at last year's Memorial March Parade in Knoxville.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Thousands of people will observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in East Tennessee on Monday.

The Memorial March Parade in Knoxville, which is organized by the MLK Commission, kicks off at 10 a.m. on Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue.

A Memorial Tribute Service will then be held at 11:45 a.m. at the Greater Warner Tabernacle AME Zion Church. Dr. George McKenna, III will speak at the event.

At Maryville College, Elandria Williams, who is a member of Highlander Research and Education Center's education team, will speak to the community at 10:30 a.m. in the Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall.

In addition, the annual MLK March at Maryville College will begin at 12:45 p.m. at the MLK Center and end at the Clayton Center for the Arts.

In observance of MLK Day, Knox County schools will be closed, and the University of Tennessee will not hold classes.

Most city and county offices, as well as banks, will be closed Monday because of the holiday.

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