Community events to honor King are planned next week

January 16, 2004|by WANDA T. WILLIAMS

Area communities are preparing for celebrations honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. next week.

The national holiday on Monday commemorates the life and contributions of the slain civil rights activist.

The following events are planned:


  • "A Tribute to Dr. King" will be held at Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church, 26 W. Bethel St., Hagerstown, at 11 a.m. It will include a musical and dramatic presentation. For information, call 301-797-6123

  • The Dr. Martin Luther King 18th Annual Scholarship Banquet will be held at the Martin Luther King Center, 131 W. North Ave., Hagerstown, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 and proceeds will support college scholarships for Washington County minority high school seniors. For more information, call 301-790-0203.

  • The Chambersburg Community Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Service will be held at Chambersburg Church of the Brethren, 260 South 4th St., Chambersburg, Pa., at 4 p.m. The guest speaker is the Rev. Haru Carter of Zion Baptist Church in Hagerstown. For more information, call 717-264-6957.


  • A "Learning through Diversity" program will be held at Hagerstown Community College, 11400 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown, at 10 a.m. Call 301-790-2800, ext. 265.

  • A day of Martin Luther King events will be held at Shippensburg University, Reisner Hall, at 8 a.m. Breakfast will be followed by a day of panel discussions, video presentations, African dance and a gospel concert by Whosoever Will. For information, call 717-477-1161.


  • "King's Dream, " a multimedia presentation of songs, narratives and film footage, will be presented at Hagerstown Community College, Kepler Theater, at 7 p.m. For information, call 301-790-2800 ext. 225.


  • A display featuring books written by and about King and related topics will be available at the Washington County Free Library, 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. For information, call 301-739-3250.

    King was awarded the Nobel Peace Price in 1964 for his nonviolent philosophy, which he used to organize protests against racism and discrimination in the 1960s.

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