King tribute in Medford today

Medford observes the life of Martin Luther King Jr. with a tribute today, in advance of Monday's holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader.

The event is set from 2 to 4 p.m. in the auditorium at South Medford High School, 815 Oakdale Ave. It's free, although organizers seek donations of canned goods for Community Works' Teen Drop-in Center.

The event includes talks, dances, drumming and singing performances.

Keynote speaker JoAnn Bowman, executive director of Oregon Action in Portland, will talk about the power of grassroots action and how it can influence issues.

Flamur Vehapi, a student from Kosovo attending both Rogue Community College and Southern Oregon University, will recount stories from his country and offer examples and possibilities for living together in the spirit envisioned by King.

Washington Elementary School students in the second and fifth grades will present one of King's speeches, and Ballet Folklórico "Ritmo Alegre," José Arreguín, and the Rogue Valley Peace Choir will present multicultural music and dances.

Details: 734-9223.

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