Area events to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 14, 1998

The words and ideas of Martin Luther King Jr. still touch many lives.

King, one of the principal leaders of the American civil rights movement, would have turned 69 today.

The Nobel Prize winner and clergyman, who advocated nonviolent resistance to racial oppression, was assassinated April 4, 1968.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the official government celebration, is Monday, Jan. 19. Here are some of the area tributes planned in the next few days.

- Teri Johnson, Staff Writer

Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Trail March

When: Sunday, Jan. 18, at 2 p.m.

Where: The annual march starts at 2 p.m. at the corner of Martin Luther King and Eagle avenues in Charles Town, W.Va. Participants will march to Mount Zion United Methodist Church on South Charles Street.


Details: Area ministers are invited to participate in the service. The event is open to the public and is sponsored by Jefferson County chapter of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

For information: Call George Rutherford, chapter NAACP president, at 1-304-725-9610.


"Keeper of the Dream"

Where: Mount Saint Mary's College and Seminary, off U.S. 15, Emmitsburg, Md.

When: Sunday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m.

Details: Jim Lucas will bring the words, vision and passion of Martin Luther King Jr. to the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception. Admission is free. There will be a reception for Lucas at 7 p.m. at the Mount's Multicultural Center.

For information: Contact the Mount's Department of Multicultural Affairs at 1-301-447-5720 or the public relations office at 1-301-447-5366.


Martin Luther King Jr. Public Convocation

Where: Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, 100 W. Washington St., Shepherdstown, W.Va.

When: Sunday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m.

Details: The theme is "Moving in the Right Direction." Salutations will be presented by Shepherd College President David L. Dunlop and Father Matthew Rowgh of St. Agnes Catholic Church. Reflections will be presented by Shepherd College Multicultural Leadership Team members, and music will be performed by Shepherdstown Presbyterian Choir and Ambassadors of Christ Choir.

An offering will be taken to support Shepherd College Multicultural Leadership Scholarship.

For information: Call the Rev. Ernest Lyles, director of Multicultural Student Services at Shepherd, at 1-304-876-5453.

Candlelight vigil, music

Where: Penn State Mont Alto Campus, 1 Campus Drive, Mont Alto, Pa.

When: Monday, Jan. 19 - Storyteller and poet Shindana Cooper will lead a candlelight vigil at 7:45 p.m. beginning at Emmanuel Chapel and ending at the General Studies Building auditorium. At 8 p.m., Cooper's performance will take the audience on a trip from a small African village, through the Middle Passage, from life on a plantation, to a safe house on the Underground Railroad.

Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 9 p.m. - Singer and songwriter K.J. James will perform blues, boogie and rhythm and blues on his slide guitar. The performance will be in Conklin Hall Game Room.

Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 8 p.m. - Dixie Power Trio will play New Orleans jazz in the General Studies Building auditorium.

Details: All events are free.

For information: Call the Campus Life Office at 1-717-749-6156.

"A Musical Tribute to Dr. King"

Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 131 W. North St., Hagerstown

When: Monday, Jan. 19, at 6:30 p.m.

Details: The free program will feature poetry, recitals and a performance by Hagerstown Community Choir. The event is sponsored by Memorial Recreation Center and Washington County chapter of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Local churches are invited to participate, and the public is invited.

For information: Call Ruth Monroe, director of Memorial Recreation Center, at 301-790-0203.

Community memorial service

When: Sunday, Jan. 18, at 4 p.m.

Where: St. John's United Church of Christ, 1811 Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg, Pa.

Details: The speaker will be Dr. George Dawson, director of radiation therapy at the Cancer Treatment Center in Chambersburg. The program is sponsored by United Churches of Chambersburg and Chambersburg Community Improvement Association. A reception will follow.

For information: Call St. John's at 1-717-263-8593.

"A Celebration of Unity"

When: Saturday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m.

Where: Kepler Theater at Hagerstown Junior College, 11400 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown

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