Local events celebrate King

Residents from across our region aren’t letting concerns about COVID-19 stop them from remembering the life and legacy of the late Martin Luther King Jr.

Once again, pupils, parents, city leaders, senior citizens and others from across the Tri-State Area have the chance to learn about and reflect on King’s visions for equality, racial justice and a nonviolent approach to social change.

While some of the events that have traditionally been held as part of the commemoration have had to be canceled for this year, there still will be opportunities to honor his life.

Those begin Saturday, when the Sycamore Youth Center on North Fourth Street in Steubenville holds its Serve Ohio-Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and Celebration.

Volunteers will spend the morning performing service projects at the center as well as Urban Mission Ministries and at the homes of area residents.

They then will hear from the Rev. Michael Jett, youth minister for Generation Now of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Steubenville.

That evening, an online music concert, hosted by the center and Director Bobbyjon Bauman will be available on Facebook Live.

Events will continue on Sunday, when the annual memorial service moves online. Scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at Mount Carmel Community Baptist Church, the service will feature a presentation by the Rev. Buena Dudley Paschall, pastor of Quinn Memorial A.M.E. Church in Steubenville, whose topic will be “Upon This Rock.” There will be no one permitted to attend the service in person, but it can be viewed on Mount Carmel’s Facebook page.

The annual march and presentation at Steubenville High School that traditionally had been held on Monday have been canceled this year, but at 12:30 p.m., Mike McIntyre, president of the Steubenville Branch of the NAACP, will moderate the MLK-NAACP Youth Reflection Program.

In Weirton, a march will begin at the Dunbar Recreation Center at 11 a.m. Monday. Officials with the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center are inviting area residents to participate in the walk and then celebrate King’s legacy through the exhibits at their facility.

Thanks to everyone who has worked hard to make the events of weekend possible, including the Martin Luther King Association and its officers, James Baber, president; Paul Rue, vice president; Carol Ann Simmons, secretary; and Sharon Kirtdoll, treasurer, for continuing the tradition in Steubenville, as well as Savanah Schroll Guz of the Weirton museum.

Each year since the mid-1980s, the third Monday in January has been set aside as Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It remains a chance to recognize his many contributions to the civil rights movement.


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