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King Day brunch scheduled here Jan. 20

Letcher County’s 23rd annual Martin Luther King Day brunch will be held Monday at the CANE Kitchen in Whitesburg.

The event is held every year on Jan. 20 to celebrate the life of the slain civil rights leader.

This year’s event will also honor Bishop Willie Lamb of McRoberts. Lamb’s parents moved to Letcher County from Alabama in 1905, when the mines opened here. Lamb, 95, grew up in a family of 15 children in Tom Biggs Hollow, where Consolidation Coal Co. segregated black miners who worked for it. Lamb is a retired United Mine Workers miner himself, and a longtime minister. He attends the MLK celebration every year.

Lamb and Pastor Steve Peake will speak at the event, which is free and open to the public. Brunch will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by the program at 11 a.m. CANE Kitchen is in the old Whitesburg High School building, 38 College Drive in Whitesburg.

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