Not just for blacks

January 16, 2005|by WANDA T. WILLIAMS

TRI-STATE - Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday. Several events and observances honoring the slain civil rights activist are scheduled in the Tri-State area.

Shippensburg (Pa.) University's office of Social Equity has celebrated the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday for nine years. The university's program attracts people from throughout the Tri-State area, said Lois Waters, director of the office. Her office coordinates the university's diversity programs and initiatives.

"He was an activist in the civil rights movement, which is the forerunner to offices like mine," Waters said.

The daylong celebration includes programs addressing a variety of social issues.

"King went beyond racial issues - he also addressed poverty and employment," said Waters, adding that despite the national holiday, a majority of people still see the holiday as something exclusively for blacks.


In its second year, Hagerstown Community College will offer diversity workshops for elementary, middle and high school students.

"We have three different presenters addressing different age groups," said Donna Rudy, an event organizer.

Through the King holiday celebration, Rudy said HCC strives to shine a spotlight on diversity while celebrating the lessons of King's teachings.

In Charles Town, W.Va., City Councilman Timothy Robinson said the community's annual Martin Luther King prayer breakfast at Wainwright Baptist Church serves as a fund-raiser for the Page Jackson student scholarship fund. The scholarship is named in honor of the former Page Jackson High School, one of Charles Town's former all-black schools.

This week's events in honor of King include:


· "A Tribute to Dr. King" will be at 11 a.m. at Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church, 26 W. Bethel St., Hagerstown.

For information, call 301-797-6173

· The annual Martin Luther King Jr. scholarship dinner will be at 4 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Center, 131 W. North Ave., Hagerstown.

Tickets cost $20 and may be purchased in advance at Memorial Recreation Center, 109 W. North Ave., or at the door.

For more information, call 301-790-0203.

· The Chambersburg Community Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Service will be at 4 p.m. at the Chambersburg Church of the Brethren, 260 S. 4th St., Chambersburg, Pa.

The guest speaker will be the Rev. Ted Johnson of the Baptist Convention of Pennsylvania-South Jersey.

For information, call the Rev. William Harter at 717-264-5715 or 717-264-6957.


· "Turning Hate Into Love: A Day to Celebrate The Lessons of Martin Luther King Jr.," a series of diversity workshops for students, will begin at 10 a.m. at Hagerstown Community College, 11400 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown.

At 11 a.m., the Rev. Darin Mency of Ekklesia Ministries will perform a dramatic rendition of King's "I Have a Dream" speech, followed by a luncheon at noon.

For information, call 301-790-2800, ext. 265.

· The Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund will hold its annual dinner at 5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 301 Foxcroft Ave., Martinsburg, W.Va.

The Rev. Patrick J. Walker of New Macedonia Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., will be the keynote speaker. Tickets are $30 and will be available at the door.

For information, call 304-263-4339

· A Martin Luther King Jr. prayer breakfast will be at 9:30 a.m. at Wainwright Baptist Church, West Street, Charles Town, W.Va.

For information, call 304-728-6230

· Shippensburg (Pa.) University is sponsoring a full day of Martin Luther King Jr. events, starting with an 8 a.m. breakfast at Reisner Dining Hall.

The breakfast will be followed by poetry readings, diversity workshops and a gospel concert. Bishop Derek Kee of Hagerstown's Greater Campher Temple, King's Apostle Holiness Church, is among four guest speakers on a panel discussion that starts at 8:45 a.m.

For information, call 717-477-1161.


The following Tri-State libraries will feature book displays of literature written about King and related topics:

· Washington County Free Library, 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. For information, call 301-739-3250.

· Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library, 101 W. King St., Martinsburg, W.Va. For information, call 304-267-8933.

· Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library, 45 E. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa. For information, call 717-762-3335 or 717-762-1371.

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