NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Several events are under way across the mid-state Monday to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
In Nashville, Mayor Karl Dean took part in the 12th Annual MLK Fellowship Breakfast at 7 a.m. at the Hutton Hotel hosted by local law firm Bone McAllester Norton. Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton, Jr. was the guest speaker.
At 9 a.m., a prayer service was held at Jefferson Street Baptist Church before a march began at 10 a.m. New Tennessee State University President Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover will join Mayor Dean, other officials and citizens in the annual march from the intersection of 28th and Jefferson Streets and to the Gentry Center for the annual convocation at 10:30 a.m.
Cheers erupted inside the Gentry Center when President Barack Obama took the stage for his address during the inauguration.
Mayor Dean was also the keynote speaker for a special MLK Day event at the Gordon Jewish Community Center at 11:45 a.m. The luncheon, which is open to the public, costs $10.
La Vergne held an inaugural remembrance ceremony at 10 a.m. at City Hall at 5093 Murfreesboro Road.
Williamson County hosted a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in "The Grove."
Sumner County also held a march at noon at the Gallatin City Hall.
Dr. King's birthday was last week on January 15. He would have been 84. He was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis on April 4, 1968.
President Barack Obama honored King Monday by using a bible that belonged to him when he took his public oath of office during the inaugural events in Washington.