MT. VERNON — Two programs have been scheduled locally to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
A program geared toward the younger generation will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Rolland W. Lewis Community Building; and the annual program sponsored by the Jefferson County chapter of the NAACP will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20 at the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts.
“The choice of a different venue was merely because we wanted to reach the whole community and some time it’s just about change,” explained the Rev. Erie Patton, program chairman. “One of the things is because it is the
center for the arts, we see bringing in some our presentations fits that venue well.”
Teresa Haley, a representative of the Springfield branch of the NAACP, will be the featured speaker. Musical entertainment will be provided by Ladrena Westbrook, and Carleka Spann will give a Black History presentation. Patton said a choir or a musical group may also perform.
The local NAACP, in existence for well over 40 years, has been sponsoring a tribute to Dr. King for 29 years. The local group has about 140 members. The theme of this year’s program is “We Shall Not Be Moved.”
Patton said community members should attend the celebration to pay tribute to King.
“His legacy is American history and all the people should want to celebrate Dr. King because he set a precedent for Americans of what we should be,” she said.
Bree Lee, the political action chair for the NAACP, is organizing the event on the 18th, which will include musical entertainment and an awards presentation.
Performances will be given by the Casey Middle School dance team, a praise dance team, and the Mt. Vernon Community Choir. A local rap group, named SBS (Struggle Before Success) will also present musical selections.
Lee said 10 young people will be recognized with NAACP Striving for Excellence awards.