Children march along Lancaster Drive during Salem's Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration in 2020 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter)
The Salem-Keizer NAACP will hold a televised and virtual event Monday to recognize Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Reginald Richardson, president of the organization, will introduce the program and keynote speaker Irvin Brown, chair of Salem-Keizer NAACP's Education Committee, a Facebook post said.
The annual program in previous years has featured a civil rights march, but the 2022 event is all virtual.
The theme for this year's program is "Urgency of Creating the Beloved Community," a concept King emphasized in his Birth of a Nation speech in 1957. "The beloved community is a community in which everyone is cared for absent of poverty, hunger, and hate," the post said.