Area children are invited to attend a birthday party in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., which will begin at 11 a.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center on Market Street, Steubenville
Duane Jennings is the chair of the event.
The program is designed for children from ages 3 through 10 and will feature age- appropriate learning activities led by Davina Ware of the Mattie May Foundation "Our Youth."
At 6 p.m. at the Quinn Memorial AME Church, 515 North St., Steubenville, Delores Wiggins, minister of music, will direct the MLK Memorial Mass Choir in concert.
An ecumenical service will be held at the Quinn Memorial AME Church beginning at 6 p.m. and will feature Pastor Walter Arrington of People's Baptist Church in Canton as guest speaker.
Other participants in the service include the Rev. Ashley Steele, Evangelist Ruth Stintson, Mayor Domenick Mucci, state Sen. Lou Gentile, the Rev. Richard Davis, Laura Meeks, Elder Walter Williams, Delores Wiggins, Angela Kirtdoll-Suggs, the Rev. Everett Mitchell, the children's choir and the MLK Mass Choir.
Activities will begin at the MLK Recreation Center with a continental breakfast free to the public and registration for the march participants.
The program at the high school will begin at 11 a.m. and will feature the awarding of prizes from the essay and oratorical contests as well as musical and dance selections. The featured speaker will be 16-year-old Benjamin Erste, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Erste of Steubenville. The program will be followed by a luncheon provided by the MLK Association which is free to the public. Angela Kirtdoll-Suggs is the general chair of the Monday event.
The major sponsors of the weekend event are Eastern Gateway Community College, Franciscan University of Steubenville, the Martin Luther King Association, Huntington Bank, Walmart and the Fort Steuben Mall.
Jim Baber is the president of the MLK Association.