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In memory of Martin Luther King Jr. a group of concerts will be broadcast live in the United States and 20 other countries on Jan. 16, a US national holiday honoring the black civil rights leader. ``King: A Global Celebration'' is a joint presentation by National Public Radio, American Public Radio, and station WFMT-FM, Chicago. The European Broadcasting Union will transmit the program in Europe and the Soviet Union. James DePreist, black American conductor, will be the host.

The two-hour program, starting at 2:30 p.m. Eastern time, includes live concerts originating at three music schools - New England Conservatory, California Institute of the Arts, and Indiana University Opera Theater.

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Wesley Horner, executive producer, said, ``The concert focuses on the work of leading black American musicians. We are proud to share this very special program with so many listeners around the world.''