Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. http://apr.org en MLK Holiday Draws Volunteers Across Alabama http://apr.org/post/mlk-holiday-draws-volunteers-across-alabama <p></p><p>Volunteers are turning out across Alabama to participate with service projects on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.</p><p>The nonprofit Hands On Birmingham expects Monday to exceed its record turnout of 1,800 volunteers last year. The group is helping coordinate more than 30 projects ranging from pulling weeds on overgrown lots to painting hallways and classrooms at a middle school.</p><p>Stephanie Willis, director of Hands On Birmingham, calls the holiday honoring the late civil rights leader "our largest day of service throughout the year."</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 22:34:58 +0000 The Associated Press 45314 at http://apr.org MLK Holiday Draws Volunteers Across Alabama Ala. Group Looks to Turn Jail Cell Into Exhibit http://apr.org/post/ala-group-looks-turn-jail-cell-exhibit <p>A nonprofit group is looking to raise money to turn a Bessemer jail cell that held Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights activists into a tourist attraction.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; WBRC-TV (http://bit.ly/1cHG5LK) reports the Jefferson County Sheriff's office found the original doors to the cell that held King for a night before he was sent to the Birmingham jail for disturbing the peace. Authorities say they still have the docket book with King's name in it and his booking card.<br> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 12:36:18 +0000 The Associated Press 37302 at http://apr.org Ala. Group Looks to Turn Jail Cell Into Exhibit Montgomery Church Joins MLK Speech Celebration http://apr.org/post/montgomery-church-joins-mlk-speech-celebration <p>The Montgomery church where Martin Luther King Jr. served as pastor will join other many other locations in ringing bells at the moment when King gave his "I Have a Dream" speech 50 years ago.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in downtown Montgomery will ring bells at 2 p.m. CDT Wednesday as part of the Let Freedom Ring Celebration commemorating King's speech in Washington in 1963. King served as pastor of the church from 1954 to 1960. His leadership of the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955 made him a national figure in the civil rights movement.<br> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 12:39:05 +0000 The Associated Press 36823 at http://apr.org Montgomery Church Joins MLK Speech Celebration