Springfield cancels MLK luncheon due to rise in COVID cases

To celebrate and recognize the significant achievements made by an individual or organization at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Awards. Winners will be recognized at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. awards luncheon on Jan. 17, 2020. (Courtesy photo)

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To celebrate and recognize the significant achievements made by an individual or organization at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Awards. Winners will be recognized at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. awards luncheon on Jan. 17, 2020. (Courtesy photo)

The City of Springfield announced its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon is canceled due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in Springfield and Clark County.

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The city said that the Community Development Department staff and the MLK luncheon committee members are planning and organizing alternate ways to celebrate local peacemakers, businesses and nonprofits that embody the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream.

“It is important for our community to take every step possible to remain safe and healthy,” said Shannon Meadows, Springfield community development director.

Information on alternate efforts will be posted to the city’s Facebook page, the city said.

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