Events scheduled to honor life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 14, 2007


· The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center will host its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Tea from 6 to 8 p.m.

The tea is a fundraiser for scholarships. Area businesses, social groups, individuals, etc., purchase tables on which they place displays of their products, business information and the like.

Scholarships are awarded to neighborhood students who are graduating from high school and plan to attend college in the fall. The scholarships are awarded during another banquet at a later date.


· The Ebenezer United Methodist Church Senior Choir will perform "A Tribute To Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - The Dream Endures," at the 11 a.m. service at the Hagerstown church.

This presentation of word and song is an annual tribute by the choir to King. It was researched and written by the choir's Robert W. Johnson several years ago. King's "I Have A Dream" speech will recited during the presentation.


· Hagerstown Community College and The Herald-Mail Co. will sponsor the fourth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at 10 a.m. at Hagerstown Community College's Athletic, Recreation and Community Center, off Robinwood Drive in Hagerstown.

This year's program, "Unity in Diversity," will include activities for elementary, middle and high school and college students.

The Rev. Darin Mency of the Greater Campher Temple will perform a dramatic rendition of King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

The program will include musical selections, Black Achievers presentations and lunch.

· Shippensburg (Pa.) University will host a series of Martin Luther King Day events.

· 8:45 to 9:55 a.m. - Pastoral panel in Reisner Dining Hall. Moderated by Roxanne Dennis of the Catholic Campus Ministry, with panelists the Rev. Dr. Manuel "Mannie" Diaz, the Rev. David Hillier of our Lady of the Visitation Church, the Rev . Dr. Ronnie Tucker of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, and the Rev. Dr. Paul Yeun of pastoral services at Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital.

· 10 to 11:45 a.m. - Eight workshops to be held concurrently in various locations in the Ceddia Union Building.

· Noon to 1:30 p.m. - The MLK Essay Contest on the topic of "Beyond the Borders: Dr. King's Impact on Hispanic Culture" will be held in Reisner Dining Hall.

· 1:45 p.m. - The annual March for Humanity begins in the multipurpose room of the Ceddia Union Building.

· 4 to 5 p.m. - "Cultural Jeopardy" games for students ages 5 to 15 and for students ages 16 and older will be played in the Ceddia Union Building.

· 5 to 6:45 p.m. - The Topper Brothers Band will perform in Reisner Dining Hall as part of the dinner program.

· 7 p.m. - A concert featuring the group Whosoever Will and the university's Inspirational Chorale will be held in Memorial Auditorium.

For information, call the Office of Social Equity at 717-477-1161.


· Bruce A. Jacobs will present "Race Matters" at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Shepherd University's Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

The lecture is sponsored by Shepherd University's Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and Disability Support Services. A reception will follow the lecture to celebrate King's birthday.

Series of events

· Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Md., will host a series of events commemorating King's life. All are free and open to the public.

· Wednesday at 3 p.m. - Carl Glover will lead a faculty presentation titled "Let Freedom Ring: An Analysis of 'I Have a Dream,'" in Knott Auditorium.

· Thursday at 7:30 p.m. - William Heath, award-winning civil rights novelist and professor in the university's Department of English, will give a keynote address in Knott Auditorium on the topic "This Little Light of Mine: Remembering the Civil Rights Movement."

· Monday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m. - A screening of "Martin Luther King Jr.: The Man and the Dream" followed by a discussion facilitated by Michelle Patterson will be held in the Purcell Lounge.

· Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 8 p.m. - Storyteller and performer Shindana Cooper will present "Martin's Story," illustrating King's life and times through stories and drama, in Knott Auditorium. Cooper performs at festivals, schools, colleges and universities, and conducts storytelling workshops for children and adults.

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