MLK celebrations scheduled for Jan. 14 to Jan. 17

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The Carlsbad Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce Jan. 14 through Jan. 17 as the dates for an abbreviated Annual MLK Celebration. The weekend celebration would typically consist of six events; however, the committee was compelled to cancel this year’s banquet due to the Covid-19 epidemic.

More than a quarter of a century ago, the organization evolved from concerned citizens who felt the need to honor the life and ideals of Dr. King with a church observance. After several meetings, a scholarship-driven entity was officially established with emphasis on promoting educational excellence and racial harmony. The Scholarship Committee provides scholarships to high school seniors, based on a combination of financial need, demonstrated leadership abilities, academic standing, and participation in school and/or community based organizations.

Under the umbrella of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, the Committee sponsors several city-wide events, as socio-economic conditions permit.

On Friday, Jan. 14, the MLK Community Choir will have its first rehearsal at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, corner of Lea and Alameda Streets. Choir rehearsal will commence at 6 p.m.

On Saturday, the choir will have its final rehearsal beginning at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 207 N. Halagueño. Anyone who enjoys singing is invited to join the choir. FUMC will also host the Sunday Church Observance at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 16. Under the direction of Mr. Donnell Hill of Amarillo, Texas, the MLK Community Choir will render several spirit filled selections. Rev. Windsor L. Archie from Odessa, Texas will be the guest speaker.

The weekend’s activities will conclude on Monday, Jan. 17. Staging and line-up for the MLK Freedom March will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Eddy County Courthouse. The March will proceed from the courthouse to MLK Park. A short program will consist of speakers, presentations, entertainment and refreshments. The MLK Traveling Trophy will be presented to the school, organization, or civic organization that has the most attendees.

There is no charge for the Sunday Church Observance, Freedom March, or MLK Park Activities. The public is cordially invited to honor Dr. King’s legacy by attending one or both events.

This article originally appeared on Carlsbad Current-Argus: MLK celebrations scheduled for Jan. 14 to Jan. 17

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