A list of regional events to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Youngstown: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6488 and its Ladies Auxiliary will have its annual King Day luncheon at 1 p.m. Monday at the post home, 2065 Coitsville-Hubbard Road. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Michael H. Harrison, pastor of Union Baptist Church. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call (330) 746-8259.
Boardman: A Martin Luther King Celebration Event sponsored by the youth ministries of Holy Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, and known as The Unity Bowl, will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Camelot Lanes, 628 Boardman-Canfield Road. Tickets are $10 per person, which includes bowling, shoe rental, and door prizes. All ages are welcome to attend and participate. For tickets, group rates or further information, call Felecia Moses at (330) 782-8929.
Vienna: This year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast includes speakers who were members of the Tuskegee Airmen. The breakfast is at 7:30 a.m. Monday at the Youngstown Air Station, 3976 King Graves Road. Cost is $15 per person, and reservations may be made by Friday through the Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County by calling (330) 399-1212. Checks should be made payable to the Trumbull County Martin Luther King Dream Team and sent to P.O. Box 48, Warren 44482.
The speakers will be two of the original Tuskegee Airmen: Arthur Saunders, an armament and bombsight officer who currently works as an architect, and James Travis, a B-25 crew chief and gunner. The Tuskegee Airmen were America's first black military airmen.
Travis and Saunders will be joined by fellow airman Gilbert Cargill, a flight instructor, during a workshop segment beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Warren G. Harding High School. The three will be part of a workshop focusing on the airmen from a historical perspective conducted by Dr. Jack Soules, a native of Trumbull County and professor emeritus at Cleveland State University.
Workshops will be offered for all age groups and are free and open to the public.
Travis and Saunders will speak again at 7 p.m. at W.D. Packard Music Hall, Warren, where the Community Choir will perform. The evening program also is free and open to the public.
Sharon: The Rev. Terry L. Johnson Sr., founder and pastor of Triumph Christian Center Church in Farrell, will speak during a King Day program Monday at Penn State Shenango. The program is set for noon in the Forker Laboratory building on Shenango Street.
Michele L. Askerneese will perform a musical selection. She is a minister, a member of the Cedar Avenue Church of God, and a member of Penn State Shenango Minority Affairs Community Advisory Board.
The Rev. Mr. Johnson is a Farrell native and spent 11 years in Oklahoma, where he graduated from the Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa in 1981.
Alliance: Judy Richardson, co-producer of the films "Eyes on the Prize" and "Malcolm X: Make It Plain", will give the keynote address during the King Day events at Mount Union College at 10 a.m. Monday in the solarium located in the Hoover-Price Campus Center.
A brunch will be served during the keynote address. Free tickets are required to attend the brunch and keynote address. The address will be followed by an awards presentation. Student and community awards will be presented to those whose actions best exemplify the spirit of the slain civil rights leader.
"The Tunnel of Oppression," an interactive exhibit that deals with oppression and prejudice of many kinds, will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in MUC's Alumni Room and Main Lounge of the Hoover-Price Campus Center. Individuals will travel through the tunnel, viewing researched literature, statistics and images. This program is an interactive room designed to raise awareness about issues of oppression. At 3 p.m., there will be a post-discussion of the "Tunnel of Oppression" in the main lounge of Hoover-Price.
There will be question-and-answer sessions with Richardson at 1 p.m. in the private dining room of Hoover-Price.
For free tickets for the brunch and keynote address, call (330) 823-7288.
Slippery Rock, Pa.: Slippery Rock University will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a day of activities, including a candlelight vigil, service projects, and an evening address, "Shattered Dreams," by Leon Williams, director of intercultural programs at Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, Iowa. The public is invited to the vigil and 7 p.m. lecture .
The university's daylong observance kicks off with students participating in the Butler Unity Project. Breakfast is set for the Butler, Pa., YMCA. Call the Butler Y for the time. Michael Matambanadzo, assistant professor of history at SRU, is the scheduled speaker. The Butler Unity Project promotes interracial understanding and combats racism in Butler and surrounding communities.
On returning to the campus from the Butler breakfast, students will attend a 10:30 a.m. "King Day of Service Kick-off Program" in the University Union. After lunch, student teams will undertake service assignments in the local community, including work at the Slippery Rock Park District and All Saints Lutheran Church.
An opportunity to meet the day's keynote speaker will be offered at 5 p.m. in the Russell Wright Alumni House followed by a 6 p.m. candlelight vigil assembling at Carruth Rizza Hall for a walk along Main Street and Keister Road, ending at the University Union, where Williams will speak on King's life and legacy, including his famous "I Have a Dream" speech at 7 p.m. The free program will include presentation of SRU's first Civil Leadership Awards.