In this the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, a celebration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. will be held Sunday, Jan. 19, at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. Barbara McRae, newly elected alderman and acclaimed historian and author, is the featured speaker. Music will be provided by the Western Carolina Inspirational Choir. Mozart Moliere will emcee the program.
The Six Principles of Non-violence, fundamental tenets of Dr. King’s philosophy of nonviolence as described in his first book, “Stride Toward Freedom,” will be read by Elisha Moliere and Sal Guercio. The public is cordially invited.
On Monday, Jan. 20, at 1 p.m., the community is invited to Big Bear Park near Wesley’s Playground for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. The Human Relations Council has designated the cleanup of Wesley’s Playground as this year’s service project. Moliere will perform a reenactment of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the only federal holiday that is designated as a community service workday, employing the motto “A day on, not a day off.”