“It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing the cancelation of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday event this year due to the recent surge of COVID-19 in our state. With infections rising at an alarming rate within our boarders, I cannot in good conscience hold this annual celebration if it means putting people in the harmful path of this virus.
“Dr. King understood that love, respect, compassion and forgiveness was the only true path toward healing our society’s ills and even though this year’s celebration is canceled, I ask that you all continue to believe in his dream of a better world as we face the challenges of today,” concluded Chairman Hull (D-Dist. 6, Providence, North Providence).