King to be remembered through area celebrations

Daily Staff Report

Events this weekend and Monday will honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an activist, preacher and humanitarian whose “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, inspired millions of Americans toward a more compassionate relationship with fellow Americans, in particular those they may not know or understand.

Every year on the third Monday in January, a near approximation of his birthday on Jan. 15, 1929, King is remembered in events around the nation that teach of his life and promote his cause.

At 3 p.m. Saturday, in honor of King’s birthday, The New Market Area Library will hold the free program “The Martin Luther King You Never Knew,” with guest speaker Fred Gibson, who will share personal stories from his experiences with King.

Attendees also will have the chance to hear King’s “I Have a Dream Speech” and learn how King’s life impacted others. For information, call 335-5396 or email bsbutter7@gmail.com.

In Winchester and Berryville on Sunday, the Winchester and Clarke County NAACP will hold programs in celebration of King’s life, with a 3 p.m. program at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, 1317 South Pleasant Valley Road, Winchester, and a 4:30 p.m. program at Zion Baptist Church, 10 Josephine St., Berryville.

Monday at the Goodson Chapel and Recital Hall, 1400 L.P. Hill Drive, Winchester, a service of remembrance will begin at 3 p.m. and feature guest speaker Marcus Briggs-Cloud of the Maskoke Creek Nation, a scholar, activist and international lecturer. Shenandoah’s Harambee gospel choir will sign. The free event is open to the public. For information, call 535-3546 or email spirituallife@su.edu/upcoming-events.

In Middletown on Monday at Lord Fairfax Community College, a celebration of King’s life will take place from noon to 1 p.m. at the Thompson Conference Center in the Corron Development Center and will include student performances, a presentation of awards for the MLK Essay Contest and the awarding of the 11th annual “Walking King’s Talk” Award. The free event is open to everyone. For information, call 868-7000 or visit www.lfcc.edu

The Warren and Page County NAACP will hold a Monday event at the Warren County Community Center, 538 Villa Ave., Front Royal, with lunch at noon and a praise and worship service at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Carlton Roman officiating and guest speaker the Rev. Ludwell Brown, pastor of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Haywood and president of the Culpeper Branch of the NAACP. For information, call Suetta Freeman at 636-2130.