Three days of activities will mark MLK Day
Activities include recognition for humanitarian and disaster relief efforts.
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Martin Luther King Planning Committee will commemorate the life and work of Dr. King with three days of activities.
Events begin at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at Powers Auditorium with the committee's second annual musical tribute.
The remainder of the observance, titled, "King's Mandate: Increase the Peace," will continue with a Community Service of Worship at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at Price Memorial AME Zion Church, Dryden Avenue, and with a community workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 16 at First Presbyterian Church, Wick Avenue.
"A Musical Tribute to Martin Luther King," a family event, will feature a performance by a multiracial, multidenominational choir in celebration of Dr. King.
Hosted by Jason Whitehead, who has been appointed chief of staff in the administration of incoming-Mayor Jay Williams, the program will also include dancers, youth presentations of selected King speeches, the chorale ensembles from Wilson High School and The Rayen School and the Youngstown Schools Youth String Quartet and Orchestra.
Recognition for disaster and humanitarian relief efforts will be given to Bruce Zoldan, president of B.J. Alan; Katherine Hawkes Haney, director of Give the Children a Chance; and Kathleen Price, founder and director of Mission of Love.
Tickets cost $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Call the Powers Auditorium box office at (330) 744-0264.
The worship service Jan. 15 will include a presentation by Dr. Morris W. Lee, pastor of Third Baptist Church in Youngstown; instrumental and choral presentations by the St. Luke's Children's Choir, Antioch Baptist Church Choir, scripture readings by representatives of the Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities and a presentation by area youths of selected portions of Dr. King's speeches.
Utilizing Dr. King's notion of promoting peace, the Jan. 16 workshop will address several local, national and international issues of current interest, including ways to address the city's crime rate and challenges facing poor people of color when dealing with such disasters as Hurricane Katrina and oppression and genocide such as what's occurring in the Sudan.
Confirmed speakers include Williams, Dr. Wendy Webb, superintendent of the city schools; Sarah Brown-Clark, city clerk of courts, and Father Jino Mwaka, an African-born priest.
There is no charge for the Sunday or Monday events. For more information, call the planning committee at (330) 746-3251.