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Bainbridge council honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Bainbridge Island City Council approved two proclamations at its last meeting in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement he helped lead.

Consistent with the national holiday, the council proclaimed Monday, Jan. 20 as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the city of Bainbridge Island.

This was closely followed by a second decision to proclaim Saturday, Jan. 25 as the island's annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Sing Out! and Pastor Patrinell Wright and Total Experience Gospel Choir Appreciation Day.

The city encourages citizens to reflect on King's legacy and continue his vision of respecting others.

The proclamations come just after King's birthday, Jan. 15, 1929 in celebration of his birth, life and message of equality for all people.

On Jan. 25, the 15th annual community Sing Out! will give residents the opportunity to sing along to harmonious songs under the direction of the Total Experience Gospel Choir and Pastor Patrinell Wright.

Inspired by the King's message, the community Sing Out! brings voices of all ages and faiths together in song.

Proceeds from the 2014 Sing Out! will benefit the Bainbridge School Foundation and Bremerton's Marvin Williams Youth Recreation and Community Center project.

Citizens can participate in a workshop to learn a series of harmonious songs at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25.

Following the workshop, participants will share a "soul food" dinner at 5 p.m.

Participants will then join the Total Experience Gospel Choir for a community concert which opens for the public at 7 p.m.

The full day of events will take place at the Filipino American Community Hall.

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