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YOUNGSTOWN Event joins races and faiths in honor of MLK Day

Thursday, January 15, 2004


Youths will present portions of Dr. King's famous 'I Have a Dream' speech.
YOUNGSTOWN -- The newly formed Martin Luther King Planning Committee will continue the tradition of the Interracial and Interfaith Clergy Dialogue Group to commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Sunday and Monday.
The observance, titled "Living the Dream," will begin with a community worship service at 3 p.m. Sunday at New Bethel Baptist Church, 1507 Hillman St., and will conclude with a community workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Monday at First Presbyterian Church, 201 Wick Ave.
Both of the events will honor individuals who have achieved success and who have become role models by living their lives guided by the principles embodied within Dr. King's dream.
The worship service will include a feature presentation by the Rev. Kenneth L. Simon, pastor of the host church, with music by the church choir, Scripture readings by representatives of the Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities, and a presentation of selected portions of Dr. King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech by area youth.
Following King's teachings
The workshop will celebrate local living examples of Dr. King's dream. The session will feature a keynote address by Judge Annalisa S. Williams, a Youngstown native, and newly elected to the Akron Municipal Court.
Judge Williams received a bachelor's degree in political science from Kent State University, as well as a master's degree in urban studies and her juris doctorate degree from the University of Akron.
She is a former Akron prosecutor and a domestic relations referee, and has served as chairwoman of the Summit County Human Resource Commission. Judge Williams is a recipient of the Harold K. Stubbs Humanitarian Award for Distinguished Service in Law, and has worked as a volunteer on numerous boards of community organizations serving the inner city.
The workshop also will include a panel discussion featuring Evangelist Tracey Dawson, CEO/program director, Recovery Restoration Ministries; Ryan Gilchrist, owner of Ryan's Chair barbershop and beauty salon; educator Marcia Haire-Ellis; and Minister Larry Alexander -- all inspirational local black Americans who have achieved success in the community by living their lives guided by the teachings of Martin Luther King. The panel will be moderated by incoming Youngstown Superintendent Wendy Webb.
There is no charge for either event. For further information, contact the Jewish Community Relations Council at (330) 746-3251, Ext. 175.