Events share King’s message

Area residents are continuing the commemoration of the life and legacy of the late Martin Luther King Jr.

Once again, pupils, parents, business leaders, city leaders, senior citizens and others from across the Tri-State Area have the chance to come together to remember King for his visions of equality, racial justice and a nonviolent approach to social change.

Activities in Steubenville this year will feature the MLK Youth and Children’s Day, which is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the Sycamore Youth Center. A presentation of the center, which is located at 301 N. Fourth St., and the MLK Association, the event will feature singing and dancing performances as well as an appearance by the commUNITY Youth Choir. There will be a display explaining King’s life and accomplishments and pizza and a birthday cake.

The keynote address will be delivered by Steubenville-native Janese Boston, who is a private chef and oversees a nonprofit in the Columbus area. Boston’s story is powerful — she dropped out of school after ninth grade, made some bad life choices, was sentenced to prison and gave birth to her son before taking control of her life. In her presentation, titled “Dear Beloved Community,” she will share the message that it is never too late to start again.

Members of the MLK Association of Steubenville have been busy during the past week, placing banners that celebrate King’s life and urge residents to be registered and vote at area locations, including the fountain area at Historic Fort Steuben and in Wintersville.

We applaud the many local association members, including President James Baber, Vice President Paul Rue, treasurer Sharon Kirtdoll and secretary Carol Ann Simmons, who give their time and efforts each year to honor King. Their dedication to the project is seen in the quality of the events. Also deserving recognition is Bobbyjon Bauman, director of the Sycamore Center.

In Weirton, the board of directors of the Dunbar Recreation Center has planned several activities, beginning at 11 a.m. with the annual march from the Christ the King Worship Center to the Dunbar Center.

A tribute, “Martin Luther King Jr.: A Prophet Ignored,” will be presented by the Wayward Saints acting troupe at 1 p.m.

Each year since 1983, the third Monday in January has been marked as Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

It’s a chance to recognize his many contributions to the civil rights movement.


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