Ceremonies planned to mark Martin Luther King Day

January 18, 2004

Monday is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a national holiday to recognize the birthday of one of the leaders of the modern civil rights movement.

To commemorate the holiday, several events are planned throughout the area:


* First Baptist Church, Walnut Street, will hold its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day march Monday. The celebration begins with a gospel fest at 12:30 p.m., and the march begins at 2:30 p.m. from the church. Services will follow the march at 3:30 p.m. Keynote speaker will be Elder John D. Short, pastor at Centennial Baptist Church in Harrodsburg. The event is hosted by the Danville-Boyle County NAACP.

* Centre College will feature nationally recognized performer Jim Lucas as part of its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. Lucas will bring to life the words, background, and experiences of King in a dramatic one-man show titled "Reflections" at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Newlin Hall on the Centre campus.


Lucas is known for his stirring and dramatic recitations and interpretive readings portraying the life and times of Dr. King.

An employee of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Lucas has received an award from that agency for "Dedicated and Outstanding Participation" for his role in the drama. He has been the guest speaker of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the National Baptist Conventions. Lucas is currently co-starring in the critically acclaimed play, "The Meeting," a powerful drama about the lives, philosophies and time of King and Malcolm X.


Harrodsburg Roots and Heritage will hold a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration Monday, starting with a breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at the West Lane Park building. A donation of $3 is requested for the breakfast. Following breakfast, a march will start in the vacant parking lot at the old Imperial gas station across from St. Peter AME Church. The march will go west on Lexington Street, north on Magnolia, east on Broadway, south on Fort Street, and east on Lexington to St. Peter AME Church. At 11 a.m. a service will be held at St. Peter AME Church with Shalim Mustafa as speaker.


The 11th annual Garrard County Peace Walk and Commemorative Service begins at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the courthouse with a candlelight procession to First Baptist Church on Paulding Street. A 7 p.m. service at the church will honor King's life.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be observed at noon Monday at the Lincoln County Courthouse.

The participants will march from the courthouse to First Missionary Baptist Church on Martin Luther King Street.

A program at 12:30 p.m. will include 10-year-old Elijah McPherson reciting the "I Had a Dream" speech, David Gambrel, county property valuation administrator, as speaker, and special singing.

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