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Albert Paul Brinson of Atlanta will speak Monday at 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Center following a 6:30 p.m. candlelight vigil and short program on the Yellowstone County Courthouse lawn.

Brinson's appearance and other holiday events are sponsored by the Black Heritage Foundation, Not in Our Town and Montana State University Billings.

Other events are:

  • Saturday, Jan. 14, community members are invited to gather on the top of the Montana State University Billings parking garage for the "I Am Billings" photo. The event celebrates Billings' diversity and honors King's legacy of unity and peace. Last year 320 Billings residents gathered for the photo.
  • Saturday, Jan 14, a unity dinner with a silent auction and soul food will be at 6 p.m. at the South Park Senior Citizen's Center to raise money for the Black Heritage Foundation. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students. Call 690-3644 or email or tickets or information.
  • Sunday, Jan. 15, an interfaith service at the Mayflower Congregational Church, Poly Drive and Rehberg Lane, at 3 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 16, a bell ringing ceremony at Montana State University Billings Peaks to Prairie Park, 9:45 a.m., followed by a program at the Student Union Building.

MSU Billings continues with its "Power of One" the rest of the week:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 17, a Wall of Hate will be constructed in the SUB to raise awareness of how words and actions can be divisive. On Thursday, Jan. 19, the Wall of Hate will be torn down and replaced with a Wall of Hope.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 5 p.m., faculty, staff and students have an open-mic night in which "This I Believe" essays will be read.
  • Thursday, Jan. 19 at 5:30 p.m., the movie, "Coach Carter" will be shown, followed by an appearance of Ken Carter, the coach who was the inspiration for the film.
  • Saturday, Jan. 21, at noon, everyone is invited to meet in the SUB near the bookstore for a community service project.

Contact Mary Pickett at or 657-1262.