Franklin’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration will be held Sunday, Jan. 17, at 3 p.m., in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church. The program will feature an address by Selma V. Sparks; special music by vocalist Ericka Washington, piper Michael Waters, organist Mary Pittman, and the Caynon-Contino Duo C-Square; and a reading by The Reverend Mozart Moliere of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Refreshments will be served in the Church’s Memorial Hall following the program.
The day’s featured speaker, Selma Sparks, is a native of New York and current resident of Franklin. A former journalist, political analyst, and public speaker, Sparks is a life-long advocate and activist for human rights causes, including peace, racial and gender equality, and literacy. Her address will focus on how Dr. King’s words and works are relevant to life in America today, almost five decades after his assassination.