Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative events will be held, as usual, on the Sunday prior to the King Holiday.

Events will kick off at 2 p.m., Jan. 14, at Bethel Baptist Church. After remarks on the steps of the church, the march will proceed to Scott United Methodist Church where hot refreshments will be served.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Service will begin at 3 p.m. The speaker will be Carl B. Westmoreland.

Mr. Westmoreland is a long-time champion of urban renewal and historic preservation. He was the first African American to serve on the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is historian and curator of the Mason County slave pen exhibit at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

In 1989, President George HW Bush signed the MLK Federal Holiday Extension Act making the holiday a day of service — not just a day to put our feet up, but a day to serve our communities.

“To see to it that the third Monday of every January becomes a day of hope, renewal and rededication to the ideals of Dr. King, those that he upholds, a day dedicated to the memory, if you will, of a man who campaigned for peaceful change, of a man who stood for human dignity and certainly the fulfilment of individual excellence, of a man determined, committed mind and heart to march, to live and to die for those ideals – America’s ideals.”
President George H.W. Bush

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