Two high school students will give readings of King's speech when he accepted the Nobel Prize for Peace.
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Interracial and Interfaith Clergy Dialogue Group will continue its traditional commemoration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Jan. 20-21 observance, "Winning the Bright Daybreak of Peace," will begin with a community service of worship at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at Third Baptist Church, 1177 Park Hill Drive, and will conclude with a community workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 21 at First Presbyterian Church, 201 Wick Ave.
Birthday, holiday: The civil rights leader was born Jan. 15, 1929, and the national holiday commemorating his birth is Jan. 21.
Both events will feature an analysis and celebration of King's speech given Dec. 10, 1964, in Oslo, Norway, upon his receipt of the Nobel Prize for Peace.
This year's worship service on the 20th will include a feature presentation by the Rev. Kelvin E. Turner, pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Youngstown, as well as musical performances by area youth and adult choirs.
In addition, the program will feature scripture readings by representatives from the area's Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities, and dramatic readings of excerpts of King's Nobel Prize acceptance speech by Ameerah Harris of Ursuline High School and Hal Brewster of Boardman High School. Harris is Muslim and Brewster is Jewish.
The workshop on the 21st will focus on the message of King's speech and on ways in which to promote this message locally, nationally and worldwide.
The session will feature a keynote address by Hedda Sharapan, associate producer of "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood," as well as an audio and visual presentation of the Norway acceptance speech by Thomas A. Sebben, First Presbyterian Church interim pastor. The workshop will include small group discussions on King's speech and on the continued realization of his dream.
Sponsors: The two-day event is co-sponsored by Mahoning Valley Association of Churches, the Minorities Concerns Commission/Social Action Department of the Diocese of Youngstown, the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation, and the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance.
There is no charge for either event. For more information, contact the Mahoning Valley Association of Churches at (330) 744-8946, or the Jewish Community Relations Council at (330) 746-3251, Ext. 108.