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NAACP march to highlight MLK Day

January 20, 2019

The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON - The Huntington-Cabell branch of the NAACP is sponsoring the annual Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration with a freedom march and program Monday, Jan. 21.

The march will form at 16th Street Baptist Church at 4 p.m. and will begin at 4:30. It will end at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. The program is scheduled to begin at 5:15 p.m., with a reception to follow.

The event is free and open to the public.

Those who are unable to march may elect to ride the TTA bus to the Joan C. Edwards Center. Organizations are encouraged to carry their banners.

Not only in Huntington, but across the nation, people will observe the 90th birthday anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, which is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Other events also are set to take place around the Tri-State area.

The Boyd and Greenup Counites Branch of the NAACP will host a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at 10 a.m. Monday at the Ashland Transportation Center. The event, co-sponsored by Ashland Community and Technical College and Pathways Inc., will include singing by Mount Olive Baptist Church in Ironton, New Joy Gospel Singers of Columbus and Susan Taylor of Ironton. The Rev. Stanley McDonald, pastor of New Hope Baptist Church and transportation director of the Ashland Independent School District, will be the keynote speaker.

In West Virginia’s capital city, members of the public are invited to join the Martin Luther King Jr. State Holiday Commission on Monday for the annual commemoration and celebration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr., which this year has the theme of “Unity Has Never Meant Uniformity.”

Monday’s celebration will take place at Asbury United Methodist Church, 501 Elizabeth St. in Charleston.

The ecumenical service is from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and will feature Michelle Foster, president and CEO of The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) as the keynote speaker. The symbolic march will proceed to the north steps of the State Capitol Complex for a bell-ringing ceremony. A reception will follow immediately at the West Virginia Culture Center.

The Martin Luther King Jr. State Holiday Commission also will award the following recipients: Elliot Hicks, Esq., The Governor’s Living the Dream Award; Dr. Jerome Gilbert, Scholarship Award; Health Science and Technology Academy, Living the Dream Service Organization Honor Roll Award; Thanks! Plain and Simple Inc., Living the Dream Service Organization Honor Roll Award; and the Rev. Micah Blanks, Sharing of Self Award.

These events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 304-356-2023.

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