Events celebrate the life of King

Area residents are continuing the commemoration of a great man’s life and legacy, as residents of the Tri-State Area honor the late Martin Luther King Jr. in events in downtown Steubenville.

Pupils, parents, business leaders, city leaders, senior citizens and others have the chance to come together to remember King for his visions of equality, racial justice and a nonviolent approach to social change.

Activities actually kicked off last weekend with the MLK Association’s annual musical event held Saturday at Mount Carmel Community Baptist Church in Steubenville, but more events are planned, including a new MLK Association event this year. The association is sponsoring an educational field trip to the Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati on Saturday. It is open to pre-registered youth in first through 12th grades.

This year’s ecumenical service is set Sunday at Word of Life Fellowship Church, 565 Lovers Lane, beginning at 6 p.m. The Rev. Avan M. Odom, pastor of the Friendship Baptist Church in Warren, will deliver the message.

Also, a reflection hour denoting King’s life and memorial march will be held Monday starting at 9 a.m. at the MLK Recreation Center at 905 Market St.

It will feature performances by Quandee Hudson; Karen Wayne of Christ the King Family Worship Center in Weirton; and the Anointed Kids of Calvary from Mount Calvary Community Baptist Church.

The keynote speaker will be Bishop Jermaine V. Moore of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Steubenville.

The MLK Memorial March will follow, proceeding from the MLK Center to Steubenville High School. And as always, area residents, congregations, groups and organizations are encouraged to participate.

Once at the high school, a program recognizing the winners in the annual MLK essay contest is planned, among other highlights. Officials will present awards and recognition certificates to area kindergarten, elementary and high school students in the essay contest. A complimentary lunch will be served in the high school commons afterward.

We applaud the many local association members who give their time and efforts each year to present a program honoring King. Their dedication to the project is seen in each of the quality events presented.

Each year since 1983, the third Monday in January is marked as Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It’s a chance to recall his speech, “I Have a Dream,” delivered many years ago on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., and to recognize his many contributions to the civil rights movement.