His pursuit of 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 who wish to eliminate prejudice and racism. decades after King’s death.
After a hiatus last year, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day tradition will continue into 2022 with the march from Laurel County Courthouse to the London Community Center, followed by a program featuring King’s famous speech and highlighted by music and speakers. guests.
This year’s celebration is also hosting a new feature: the Sunday’s Best contest held at the London Community Center on Sunday afternoon, just before the celebration on Monday.
According to Wayne Riley with the Laurel County African American Heritage Council, the idea for a fashion show was born and received favorable responses.
“This is for anyone from birth to age 18,” Riley said. “We wanted to do it because show clothes are too expensive for many families, so we just wanted to organize a ‘Sunday Best’ fashion show for the youngest.”
Activities on Mondays begin at 10am and continue until 2pm with a story of Dr. King’s contributions to children. An essay contest is also held, with the winners of the various categories being recognized during the evening program. Riley said parents can drop off their kids for activities and rest assured their baby will be cared for safely during that time.
“If a parent leaves their child, the child will not be able to leave the community center until the parent comes back to pick him up,” he said.
Children are also invited to join the march, which simulates King’s “March on Washington” in August 1963. The march, also known as the March for Work and Freedom, concluded at the Lincoln Memorial and symbolized concern. for equality for the black population. Lincoln is known for abolishing slavery, one of the problems that resulted in the American Civil War that lasted from 1861 to 1865.
Guest speakers on the Martin Luther King Jr. program include London native Marty Huff. Huff is a cooperator of the Christian radio station WYGE in London. Mae Suramek will also be there with Berea College. Suramek is a reformed nonprofit administrator turned social entrepreneur. She worked as a human rights investigator, alumni director for her alma mater – Berea College, and executive director of a regional rape crisis center. After 20 years of running nonprofits, Mae has opened a noodle shop on the main street of her small town of Berea, with the simple goal of “making epic noodle bowls and changing the world”. Noodle Nirvana is committed to ensuring a living wage, supporting local food suppliers, and making a significant impact on the community’s most pressing needs. Now in its fifth year, the restaurant has raised over $ 120,000 for local causes and has steadily grown in sales. Mae was recently nominated for a special election for the house seat in District 89 of KY. Mae also serves on the Governor’s Council for the Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Child Exploitation. Mae has 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 in front of Laurel County Courthouse after a short program at 5.15pm. The program will start at 6pm at the London Community Center. The public is invited to join and participate in this historic traditional event.