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Bob Thompson Unit, Carpenter Ants and Ethel Caffie-Austin to headline rescheduled Martin Luther King celebration on April 20


The West Virginia Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History have rescheduled the Martin Luther King gala cancelled in January due to bad weather for 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, in the West Virginia State Theater of the Cultural Center in the State Capitol Complex.

The free event will feature performances by rhythm and blues group The Carpenter Ants, gospel singer Ethel Caffie-Austin, the Alderson Dance Ensemble, the Green River Dance Theater, Fairmont singer Larissa Willett and the Bob Thompson Unit. A reception in the Cultural Center’s Great Hall will follow the program.

For more information about the gala, call the Cultural Center at (304) 558-0162.

The national Martin Luther King Day holiday was designated by the U.S. Congress in 1983. It is observed on the third Monday in January, falling on or near King’s Jan. 15 birthday. The gala was rescheduled for April in remembrance of King and his assassination on April 4, 1968.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. Visit the Division’s website at for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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