A rundown of local events to celebrate the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Youngstown: Congregation Rodef Sholom will host a North Side interfaith Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Friday at the synagogue, 1119 Elm St. An ecumenical service is planned at 6 p.m. followed by a potluck dinner at 7. The program will be at 8 and feature a film on the genocide in the Darfur region of western Sudan. Afterward, a discussion will be led by Dr. Sherry Linkon, professor of American studies and English at Youngstown State University.
Youngstown: A Musical Tribute to Martin Luther King at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Edward W. Powers Auditorium, downtown Youngstown. Tickets are 5 and 3 for students and seniors. Call the auditorium box office at (330) 744-0264. Performances by a multiethnic and multiracial choir, interpretive dancers, Youngstown Connection; inspirational readings; musical selections by students. There will be special presentation awards to Sister Jerome Corcoran, an educator and founder of Mill Creek Children's Center; Porfirio Esparra Sr., community activist; the Rev. Elizabeth Powell, founder and pastor of World Fellowship Church and recent inductee into Ohio's Women's Hall of Fame; and William Vegh, Holocaust survivor.
Youngstown: Community worship service at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Third Baptist Church, 1177 Park Hill Drive, Youngstown. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle, pastor of Antioch Baptist Church, Cleveland. There also will be musical and chorale presentations, including Ursuline High School Liturgical Choir, El Fuego, and readings from the New Testament, the Hebrew Bible and the Quran.
Youngstown: The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Monday at First Presbyterian Church, 201 Wick Ave. The theme: "The Time is Always Right to Do What is Right." Participants will be encouraged to get involved in community activism to advance King's love of community work. Scheduled presenters are Kirk Noden from Alliance for Congregational Transformation Influencing Our Neighborhoods (ACTION); Jimma McWilson, the Family Empowerment Group; Andrea Mahone, youth director, city of Youngstown; Sarah Brown-Clark, Youngstown Municipal Clerk of Courts; and Edna Pincham, The Pincham Initiative. The musical, community worship service and community workshop are all presented by the MLK Planning Committee of Mahoning County. Rev. Lewis Macklin & amp; Rabbi Joel Berman are co-conveners. For further information on any of the activities, contact (330) 746-3251, ext. 183.
Youngstown: Youngstown State University Student Diversity Council and the Office of Student Diversity Programs are sponsoring the fifth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Jan. 18 in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center, One University Plaza. A presentation that will capture the essence of Dr. King will be made by Herb L. Washington, CEO of HLW Fast Track and owner of the Youngstown Steelhounds. The Youngstown Connection and United States Postal Services will participate, and annual Student Diversity Awards will be presented. University personnel, students and community representatives are invited to attend. The cost for tickets is 20 each or 160 for a table of eight. Call (330) 941-2087 for reservations. Checks should be made to Youngstown State University and submitted to the Office of Student Diversity Programs.
Warren: The Martin Luther King Dream Team will sponsor a breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Monday at the Kent State Trumbull Campus in Room 114 of the Technology building. The featured speaker will be Youngstown Schools Superintendent Wendy Webb.
Reservations are 15 per person or 125 per table. Anyone who wants to make reservations or for more information should call Bill Mullane (330) 719-1199.