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January 7, 2013

Holiday Happenings: Two local events to honor King

NEW CASTLE — Two local events have been scheduled to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The first is the annual celebration service sponored by the New Castle branch of the NAACP and the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance. It will begin at 4 p.m.  Jan. 20 in Ebenezer Church of God in Christ, 1119 S. Jefferson St.

The keynote speaker will be the Rev. David Young, pastor of Prevailing Word World Outreach Ministries.

On Jan. 21, the annual Freedom Walk will leave West Side Primary Center at 10 a.m. Marchers are asked to meet at the school at 9:30 a.m. They will walk down West Washington Street to Kennedy Square.

Local marching bands will participate, and there will be a short program reflecting on the life of Dr. King.

Following the program, all are invited to the New Jerusalem Church of God in Christ, 1710 Moravia St., for a soup-and-sandwich fellowship.

Charles Polk is the coordinator for the celebration. Evelyn P. Ward is the president of the local NAACP chapter.

King led the American Civil Rights movement for 13 years, from December 1955 until his assassination in Memphis, Tenn., on April 4, 1968.

According to the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, “African Americans achieved more genuine progress toward racial equality in America than the previous 350 years had produced. Dr. King is widely regarded as America’s pre-eminent advocate of nonviolence and one of the greatest nonviolent leaders in world history.”

In 1964, at age 35, King became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize, noting in his acceptance speech that “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.”

 

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