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MLK Day Events Across The Area: 'A Day On, Not A Day Off"

"A day on, not a day off." That, in a nutshell, is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The "day on, not a day off" slogan is being used in Bloomington, but that could be true for just about any city across the state.

While MLK Day will have been a federal holiday for 30 years this year, most cities use it as a day of service, where you can volunteer for government agencies or other groups.

The holiday is also a day of service at most colleges and universities, such as Indiana State University. ISU is organizing students to conduct projects in and around Terre Haute, not just on campus.

All Indiana State Parks are also offering opportunities to volunteer.

At Indiana University, former CNN reporter Soledad O'Brien will be the keynote speaker at an MLK Day event. Tonight at 7 o'clock in Bloomington the city will host a Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday celebration.

In Indy, Mayor Joe Hogsett will keynote an event that includes a freedom march starting at the historic Walker Theatre.

Many tourist attractions around the state also offer free admission on MLK Day, including the Indiana State Museum, where you can watch some of King's speeches. Some attractions are providing free admission with an incentive to help Gleaners Food Bank stock its pantries.

You can get into the NCAA Hall of Champions and the Eiteljorg Musueum free if you bring a non-perishable food item on Monday.

Also Monday, in what has become an MLK Day tradition, the Harlem Globetrotters will play at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Though it has been a holiday since 1986, Whitestown will hold its first ever MLK Day celebration. The town will show some of King's "I Have a Dream" speech in a program that begins at 10 a.m. at the municipal complex.

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