PANAMA CITY - A local civil rights organization that “monitors the vital signs of the community” is holding events Saturday and Monday in honor of Martin Luther King LK Day.

A-CURE is holding its annual MLK Jr. March on Saturday and MLK Festival on Monday. The Saturday March will begin and end at the Bay County Courthouse, 300 East 4th St., in downtown Panama City. Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. and the March begins “promptly” at noon, according to a press release.

“The March route will begin at the Bay County Courthouse steps departing east on 4th Street,” the release stated. “It will turn north on Cove Boulevard crossing Business Hwy. 98 proceeding on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to 11th St. The March will then turn west on 11th St. until it reaches Harrison Ave. From there it will travel back to 4th St., turning east to the Courthouse.”

There will also be a short rally after. The civic and church youth groups with the most participants in the March will each receive a $100 gift from A-CURE. As for the festival, that will take place at McKenzie Park, near the Courthouse. There will be “entertainment, food booths, arts and crafts and something for the kids,” the release stated. The festival starts at 10 a.m. and will last until 4 p.m., with a short program with elected officials starting at noon.

For commemorative March shirts call Charlotte Marshall at 850-271-0560. To participate as entertainment in the festival call Myron Hines at 850-276-1097 and for information regarding booth space call Sharon Sheffield at 850-819-2967.