Monday is the Martin Luther King, Jr holiday, the day set aside each year to celebrate the birthday of the late civil rights leader. Utah State University honored Dr. King Thursday evening with a candlelight vigil and Friday night there was a special program at the Logan Tabernacle commemorating his life.The program featured Victor Hogstrom, general manager of Utah Public Radio. Music was provided by the Cache Community Choir.King is renowned for his activism in human rights, which USU Professor and Administrator Ross Peterson says is all about looking out for the needs and rights of ordinary people.Peterson says if Dr. King returned today, he should be pleased with what some people are doing in this area, especially young people at USU.”There’s a group over there now that was called Accept International where they’re building schools in India,” Peterson says. “Our Engineers Without Borders has done water projects throughout Africa. “The SEED Program out of the school of business where they go and do micro loans to people trying to start small businesses and monitor those. A number of projects throughout the world.”On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Thursday, Peterson said a lot of people here at home are also engaged in helping those who need their help. He cited a group that is raising money for a new food pantry.Peterson said that a lot of people are doing more these days to look out for other people. But he said we can’t relax because there are still problems in the world. He also said a lot of people in other countries have been rising up in defense of human rights. He cautioned that they should have patience because, as Martin Luther King, Jr. found, changes can take a long time.Meanwhile, all local, state and federal offices will be closed on Monday along with banks and there will be no mail delivery. Logan City’s Environmental Department offices will be closed in observance of the holiday. However, all commercial and residential garbage and recycling routes will maintain a normal collection schedule and the Logan Landfill will be open.
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