Event details announced for MLK events

Community musical on Saturday

kicks off MLK event, programs

STEUBENVILLE — A community musical beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday at Agape Apostolic Church at 525 Slack St., kicks off a variety of events and activities being planned by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Steubenville to honor the legacy of the civil rights movement leader.

The Rev. Robert Montgomery is the host pastor at Agape Apostolic.

Other events planned include the following:

MLK Youth and Children’s Celebration at Sycamore Youth Center on Jan. 19

The Sycamore Youth Center at 301 N. Fourth St. will host an MLK youth and children’s celebration Jan. 19 to the theme “All Things Are Possible to Those Who Believe.”

It will be held from 9 a.m. to noon.

“This year’s youth and children’s celebration will encourage youth to take a closer look at Dr. King’s belief in changing the destiny of youth through faith in God, themselves and their neighbors,” explained Bobbyjon Bauman, center director. “Youth will explore this topic by watching the ‘I Have A Dream Speech’ in its entirety and having a time of small group discussion about the content of the speech and how it relates to their lives and the society they live in,” Bauman noted.

“The youth will put into action what they’ve learned about helping others by taking part in a very special community outreach project by serving a meal and eating with the under-resourced and homeless at the Urban Mission in downtown Steubenville,” he said. “The celebration will end with a birthday party with cake in honor of Dr. King.”

This year’s program will feature guest speaker Ptl. John Levy. “John recently was sworn in as a Steubenville police officer and is the first African American police officer in more than 20 years in Steubenville,” Bauman said. There also will be performances by hip hop artists Elisha Fletcher of Steubenville; CBE 180 of Weirton; Minister of Truth, Pittsburgh; the Ambassador Mime Group; the Sycamore Community Youth Choir; and the Sycamore Youth Dance Team.

Programming will be held at the Sycamore Center from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., then participants will walk one block to Urban Mission at 301 N Fifth St., to feed and eat with the homeless. It ends at noon.

This event is free and open to youth ages 5-18. For information, contact Bauman at bobbyjonbauman@gmail.com or text/call (608) 556-3068.

The full schedule is: 9 a.m. to 9:10 a.m., Minster of Truth; 9:10-9:20 a.m., Elisha Fletcher; 9:20-9:35 a.m.; CBE 180; 9:35-9:40 a.m., the Ambassador Mime Team; 9:40-10 a.m., speech by Steubenville Police Officer John Levy; 10-10:05 a.m., the Sycamore Dance Team; 10:05-10:20 a.m., Sycamore Community Youth Choir; 10:20-10:55 a.m., the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King “I Have A Dream” speech video and discussion time; 10:55-11 a.m., walk to Urban Mission from the Sycamore Youth Center; 11-noon, eat lunch and feed the homeless brunch-lunch and have MLK cake at Urban Mission.

Students are to be picked up at noon at the mission.

Ecumenical memorial service Jan. 20 to feature Rev. Todd A. Johnson

The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ecumenical memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 20 at Quinn Memorial A.M.E. Church, 515 North St., where the Rev. ReLoy F. Gainey is host pastor.

The service’s guest speaker will be the Rev. Todd A. Johnson of Second Baptist Church in Warren.

The youngest son of the Rev. George and Lady Linda Johnson, he received the call to preach as a teenager, was ordained a minister at age 19 and was appointed a church elder at the age of 25.

After having served as pastor of Agape Assembly Church for three years, Johnson accepted the call to assume the pastorate of the Second Baptist Church of Warren, beginning there on Sept. 6, 2015. He has spearheaded a renewed focus on community outreach and evangelism, overseen upgrades to church properties, promoted the use of social media as a ministry outreach tool and encouraged various initiatives such as the Highland Pride playground.

Known as an advocate for youth and education, Johnson in 2011 founded the Warren City-Wide Youth Choir and in 2017 led the 100 Community Men of Warren in greeting students on the first day of school. He also serves as director of the FOCUS Building, “a hub of community engagement and economic empowerment.”

He further serves the Warren community as a board member with the Mahoning Valley Hope Center, city of Warren Civil Service Commission, Core Pastors Group of Teen Straight Talk and the United Way of Trumbull County.

He is a graduate of Warren G. Harding High School and received a bachelor’s degree in community ministry from Geneva College. He and his wife, Shameika, have three children.

Reflection hour, march, essay awards on Martin Luther King Day Jan. 21

The annual reflection hour and complimentary continental breakfast will be held at 9 a.m. on Jan. 21 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center at 905 Market St. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Rudy McAllister of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Weirton.

A native of Colliers, McAllister is a graduate of West Liberty State College where he earned a bachelor of art degree in art education.

After graduating, he entered in the Air Force, retiring after 34 years of service. He received his calling for the ministry in 1992 in Columbus, Miss., under the leadership of Pastor Robert Bowers.

After returning to the local area, he joined the Morning Star Baptist Church in Weirton under the leadership of Pastor Willie Nevels. He was called to pastor Mount Olive Baptist Church in Weirton and has been there for the last 10 years.

He and his wife, Rosie, have six children and eight grandchildren.

The march from the center to Steubenville High School will get under way at 10 a.m. and welcomes community participation as do all the MLK events, which are open to the public. The march accommodates walkers as well as accessibility for automobiles for those who wish to drive.

At the high school, the MLK essay awards program begins at 11 a.m. and will be followed by a complimentary luncheon open to the public in the high school commons.

James Baber is president of the association that works to generate funds to award scholarships. The goal for 2019 is 10 $1,000 scholarships. For information or to make a donation, contact Baber at (740) 424-4090 or at jbaber@egcc.edu. Checks can be made payable to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Steubenville and mailed to Baber’s attention at 110 John Scott Highway, Steubenville OH 43952.