Martin Luther King will be celebrated in Jan. 20 events

Tyla Scruggs shows off the drawing of Martin Luther King Jr. that she completed at last year’s Youth Activity Celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be celebrated in Salisbury with two events: one for area schoolchildren followed by an evening banquet.

Both will be held on Monday, Jan. 20, at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center.

The 34th Annual Youth Activity is sponsored by the Salisbury High School Association and runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Normandy Arena. This year’s theme is Keep Your Dreams Alive.

There will be presentations and performances by praise groups, choirs, motivational speakers and church and school groups. Free breakfast and door prizes are included.

Free bus transportation will be provided. For more information, contact Rosemary Hudson at 410-742-8524, Wanda Downes at 410-742-2749, Phyllis Hardy at 410-742-1575 or Edward Henry at 443-944-2953.

All Delmarva students are welcome. Attendees to the Youth Activity are asked to bring canned goods for the Maryland Food Bank.  

That evening, the 35th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration & Commemoration Banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Normandy Arena.

The master of ceremonies for the banquet will be local author, coach, and community activist Jermichael Mitchell.

Tickets are $40 each. For tickets or information, contact Jesse Ballard at 410-546-4206 or April Jackson at 410-726-8478. 

King was a minister and activist from Atlanta who became a visible spokesman and leader in the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968.

He is best known for his “I Have a Dream” speech delivered during the March on Washington in 1963. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for advancing civil rights through nonviolent resistance.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday and is observed on the third Monday of January each year. King’s birthday was Jan. 15. 

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