Slain civil rights leaders Dr . Martin Luther King. Jr. will be honored at a special commemoration celebration in Palm Springs on Sunday, Jan. 14.

Members of the Public Arts Commission and the city’s Dr . Martin Luther King. Jr. Commemoration Committee are encouraging the community to join them on Jan. 14 in paying tribute to the accomplishments of the man who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement.

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Tim Bradley

The 2 p.m. celebration will be held at Church of St. Paul in the Desert, 125 W. El Alameda. Keynote speakers will include Democratic Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz, world champion boxer and local resident Timothy Bradley, Jr., and football legend, actor and local resident Fred “The Hammer” Williamson along with the Rev. Keyphyan Sheppard and Zjarvre Crawford, president of the Palm Springs High School Associated Student Body. Local singing artist Keisha D will also perform.

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Fred “The Hammer” Williamson

In addition, the Public Arts Commission will present its annual “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Excellence in Arts Awards” to students at Palm Springs High School.

The students were asked to submit artwork in the medium of their choosing and convey through creative expression, the positive impact Dr. King’s life has had in present day America when it comes to realizing a more equitable society. The exhibition will be on display at the church during a special reception, sponsored by Spencer’s Restaurant. The public is welcome.

A special exhibit featuring the student art, presented by the Palm Springs Public Arts Commission, will run Jan. 16 – Feb. 28 at the Palm Springs Public Library, 300 S. Sunrise Way.

“The City of Palm Springs is proud to invite the entire Coachella Valley community to this very special celebration of Dr. King’s extraordinary accomplishments,” Jarvis Crawford, who chairs the City’s Commemoration Committee, said in a prepared statement. “With incredible role models like Tim Bradley, Jr. and Fred Williamson speaking, it’s sure to be an inspiring day for everyone.”