Area events to celebrate MLK’s birthday

January 16, 2014 

Trina Ricks of Rock Hill gave a dramatic presentation of Shirley Chisholm at the 2013 Rock Hill Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Prayer Breakfast at First Baptist Church.


Area events celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday include:

• The Rock Hill MLK Committee will host the 11th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Prayer Breakfast, 7-9 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church, at Dave Lyle Boulevard and Hood Center Drive, Rock Hill. The Rev. Steve Hogg, senior pastor of First Baptist Church, will speak.

Tickets are $15 and available at the Housing & Neighborhood Services Office, 150 Johnston St.; the City Management Office at City Hall, 155 Johnston St.; and the Rock Hill Police Substation, 46 Sunset Drive. Tables sponsorships are available starting at $200. For information, call Tanzella Barber at 803-329-5583.

• The MLK Celebration Committee of Chester County will host a two-day celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life beginning with a parade at 3 p.m. Sunday in downtown. The grand marshal is Maurice Morris, retired NFL player, Chester native and graduate of Chester High School. Line up begins at 1:30 p.m. A worship service will be 6 p.m. Sunday at Metropolitan AME Zion Church. Various youth choirs will perform.

A memorial service will be 7 p.m. Monday at Bowns Chapel AME Zion Church with the Rev. Windell Sumpter. Demarious Crank will emcee. The service also will feature men’s choirs from the area.

• The city of Lancaster will host the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. parade and ceremony at 11 a.m. Jan. 25 in downtown.

The theme for this year’s parade is “I Have a Dream.” Parade Grand Marshal, Power 98’s No Limit Larry, aka, No Leezy and WSOC-TV reporter Tina Terry, will lead the parade beginning at Springs Street and Main Street and ending at Williams Street and Main.

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•  Winthrop University will honor the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. through a special ceremony at 5 p.m. Sunday in Tillman Hall with performances by the Association of Ebonites Gospel Choir, Vision of Prayze, Skin Deep and the Vision of Zion dance team. The event is free and open to the public.

Monday, Winthrop students will join students from York Technical College and Clinton College to honor King’s legacy through volunteer work and community service in the Rock Hill and surrounding areas. More than 300 students have registered for the event, serving more than 25 community agencies.

The event will kick off at 9 a.m. in Winthrop’s Richardson Ballroom. Then students will go to their service destinations.

•  Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Eta Alpha Omega chapter will honor the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. by donating a tree to the Roosevelt Community Park in Clover. A dedication ceremony will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at the park.

The chapter also will donate meals, gift cards, and financial literacy information to a limited number of families in York and Chester counties.

Members will make a donation to the youth program of the Stellie Jackson Enrichment Center to provide a meal after their participation in the Roosevelt Community Watch MLK Day of Service program.

* • The Rock Hill NAACP annual Martin Luther King Jr. Program will be 7 p.m. Monday at Boyd Hill Baptist Church, 315 Glenn St. The Rev. Thomas Barber will speak. The program is open to the public. For information, call 803-366-1910.

•  Roosevelt Community Watch will host its Martin Luther King Jr. annual birthday celebration at 5 p.m. Monday at Jerusalem Baptist Church, Farris Road, Clover. Bishop Herbert C. Crump Jr. of Freedom Temple Ministries, Rock Hill, will speak.

• The United Churches of Fort Mill will have its annual MLK Celebration at 7 p.m. Monday at Jerusalem Baptist Church, Steele Street. Open to the community.

•  Gethsemane Church will host “After The Dream Celebration” 9 a.m. Monday with a brunch at 1637 Squire Road, Rock Hill. Bishop George Jackson of Thomasville, N.C., will speak.

• The Boys & Girls Clubs of York County presents the “March of Dreamers” celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 20. All four clubs will meet at Northside Recreation Center in Rock Hill and will join together to march to Confederate Park for the official “March of Dreamers.”

Members will present special readings and Winthrop University’s Vision of Prayze gospel choir will perform.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of York County will have a special recognition at 11 a.m. of the Friendship 9. Rock Hill Mayor Doug Echols will present an official MLK Day proclamation.

• The Western York County branch of the NAACP annual Martin Luther King Jr. parade will be Saturday in downtown York. Lineup begins at 9 a.m. and the parade starts at 1 p.m. in the Whitesides Laundry parking lot.

For information contact, Freddie Campbell, parade coordinator, at 704-813-6617 or Maurice Sanders, branch president, at 803-554-8666.

Barbara Barkley

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