Program honors Martin Luther King Jr.

YOUNGSTOWN — The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mahoning Valley Planning Committee will be hosting “Fifty-Two Years Later: Remembering What is Civil: Doing What is Right.”

The two-day event will start with a community worship with guest speaker Bishop Tracy Smith Malone of the East Ohio Conference, United Methodist Church. The worship event is 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Calvary Baptist Church, 1463 Shields Road. M. Rosie Taylor is the host pastor.

The next day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, there will be a community workshop focusing on institutionalized racism. The workshop sessions include criminal justice, education and youth empowerment. The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon at First Presbyterian Church, 201 Wick Ave. Rebecca Kahnt is the host pastor.

Planning extends beyond January.

At noon April 3, there will be another event called “Why We Can’t Wait: The Prophetic Message of King” at the Mahoning County Courthouse rotunda, sponsored by the Baptist Pastors Council of Youngstown. This community event will commemorate the anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination April 4, 1968.

The events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 330-747-2125. The two-day event is sponsored by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mahoning Valley Planning Committee, with co-conveners Jaladah Aslam, the Rev. Kenneth L. Simon, and Penny Wells.



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