San Diego celebrates legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

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SAN DIEGO — More than 1,000 people were expected to attend the 28th All Peoples Celebration in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. at the Balboa Park Activity Center Monday morning.

The featured speaker at the sold-out event will be Emmy Award-winning journalist John Carlos Frey, who was raised in San Diego. His work has been featured on “60 Minutes,” PBS, NBC News, CBS News, Univision and Telemundo, among others.

Constance Carroll, chancellor of the San Diego Community College District, will also speak, and playwright Samuel Valdez will receive an award for community service.

Also this morning, the North County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will hold its Martin Luther King Jr. Community Prayer Breakfast at MiraCosta College in Oceanside. The 8 a.m. event is also sold out.

Most federal, state and local government offices  will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. That includes administrative offices, libraries, recreation centers and pools in the city of San Diego.

However, municipal golf courses, the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center, Chollas Lake and Miramar Landfill will be open. Curbside trash collection will not be delayed.

Closed in the county of San Diego will be offices, libraries, animal shelters — and community and teen centers in Fallbrook, Lakeside and Spring Valley. County-run campgrounds and parks will be open.

The Metropolitan Transit System will run its trolleys and most bus routes on a normal weekday schedule. Details are available online.

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