MLK Jr. Association plans for observance

The Martin Luther King Jr. Association met earlier this month to finalize activities for the January observance, which will include the Jan. 19 community ecumenical service, student activities at the MLK Center, the annual march and the related program at Steubenville High School where prizes for the activities will be awarded.

One such activity is the Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest open to participants in three age divisions.

Pupils in grades kindergarten to three will address the topic of “Who Was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?” Pupils in grade four through grade seven will use the topic, “What Does Dr. King’s ‘I Have a Dream'” Speech Mean to You?” and students in grades eight through 12 will reflect on “Why Is the ‘I Have A Dream’ Speech Important to Me?”

Asantewa Anyabwile is the essay chair and is contacting the local schools with applications and contest rules. Essay rules and entry blanks were to be distributed the week of Dec. 17. The entries will be collected by Anyabwile on Jan. 16. Teachers and school officials can direct any questions to Anyabwile at (740) 512-6718.

In other MLK Jr. Association news, it recently welcomed the return of the Rev. Richard Davis as the keynote speaker of the annual prayer breakfast in November, an event hosted by the community relations department at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Davis, who is the minister provincial for the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus of the TOR Franciscans, is the former vice president for community relations at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Prior to leaving Steubenville, Davis was an active member of the MLK Association. His message was entitled, “I Too Have Had a Dream…”

Other program participants included the Rev. Calvin McLoyd Jr., as emcee; the Rev. Nathan Malavolti, vice president for community relations at the university; Anthony Mougianis, representing Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church; the Rev. Vaughn Foster, pastor of Christ’s Community Church; Regina Blanchard, soloist; the Rev. Alfred Hunt; the Rev. Roy Dawkins, Suffragan Bishop of Ohio District Council of Pentecostal Churches Inc. and pastor of Greater Zion Temple; Asantewa Anyabwile, essay contest and Black History Month coordinator; Patricia Fletcher, MLK committee member; and James Baber, president of the Steubenville MLK Association. Anita Jackson, director of community relations for the university, served as the campus coordinator of the prayer breakfast and was assisted by Sharon Kirtdoll, treasurer, and the Rev. Ivy Smith, committee member.