The MLK Day celebration is scheduled for Monday; Youth fashion show scheduled for Sunday

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January 14 – His quest for equality and his reverence for God were the qualities for which Martin Luther King Jr. is best known, while his “I Have a Dream” speech remains the theme for those wishing to eliminate prejudice and prejudice. racism decades after King’s death.

After a hiatus last year, the tradition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day will continue in 2022 with the march from the Laurel County Courthouse to the London Community Center, followed by a program featuring the famous speech by King and enhanced by music and guest speakers.

This year’s celebration is also hosting a new feature – a Best Sunday contest held at the London Community Center on Sunday afternoon, just before Monday’s celebration.

According to Wayne Riley of the Laurel County African American Heritage Council, the idea for a fashion show arose and received favorable responses.

“It’s for anyone from birth to 18,” Riley said. “We wanted to do this because pageant dresses are too expensive for a lot of families, so we just wanted to have a ‘Sunday Best’ fashion show for younger kids.”

Monday activities begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 2 p.m. with a history of Dr. King’s contributions to children. An essay competition is also held, with winners in various categories being recognized during the evening programme. Riley said parents can drop off their children for activities and rest assured that their child will be safely cared for during this time.

“If a parent drops off their child, the child will not be allowed to leave the community center until the parent returns to pick them up,” he said.

Children are also invited to participate in the march, which simulates King’s “March on Washington” in August 1963. The march, also known as the March for Jobs and Freedom, ended at the Lincoln Memorial and symbolized concern for equality for the black population. . Lincoln is known for abolishing slavery, one of the issues that sparked the American Civil War which lasted from 1861 to 1865.

Guest speakers for the Martin Luther King Jr. program include London native Marty Huff. Huff is co-operator of the Christian radio station WYGE in London. Mae Suramek of Berea College will also be featured. Suramek is a reformed nonprofit administrator turned social entrepreneur. She has worked as a human rights investigator, alumni director of her alma mater – Berea College, and executive director of a regional rape crisis center. After 20 years running nonprofits, Mae opened a noodle shop on the main street of her small town of Berea, with the simple goal of “creating epic bowls of noodles and changing the world.” Noodle Nirvana is committed to providing living wages, supporting local food vendors, and making a meaningful impact on the community’s most pressing needs. Now in its fifth year, the restaurant has raised over $120,000 for local causes and steadily increased sales. Mae was recently a candidate in a special election for the KY 89 District seat. Mae also serves on the Governor’s Council for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation. Mae holds a BA in Psychology from Berea College and a Masters in Counseling from Eastern Kentucky University. She lives in Berea with her husband, Adam, their 14-year-old son, Jack, and Mae’s mother, Matty.

The MLK March will begin outside the Laurel County Courthouse after a brief program at 5:15 p.m. The program will begin at the London Community Center at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend and participate in this historic traditional event.

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