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January 17, 2014

Preparing for a King’s weekend

GREENVILLE — Three days of events are scheduled in Greenville and in Commerce, starting today, in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

For most government officials, students and some businesses, Monday will also be the last day of a three-day holiday weekend. King, a civil rights leader and the creator of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, was slain in 1968. Since 1986, the third Monday in January has been observed as a federal holiday in King’s honor.

— The W. Walworth Harrison Public Library in Greenville has scheduled a free presentation of the History Channel documentary “King”, between 4 and 6 p.m. today. Newsman Tom Brokaw takes viewers through King’s life and times. The documentary includes an interview with his son, Martin Luther King III and features figures such as former President Bill Clinton, Condaleezza Rice, Bono, Forest Whitaker, Chuck D and more.

— Saturday’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. parade in Greenville will have multiple grand marshals. The Corporation for Cultural Diversity (CCD) of Greenville, Texas selected six retired local educators — Jill Baker, Ruth Blakely, Lena Dennis, Sarah Skillerns, Charles Sivley and Romina Wallace — who were involved with or affected by the era of the civil rights movement. The grand marshals are

The CCD, the NAACP Greenville Branch and the Greenville Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance are sponsoring the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday celebration.

The events will begin Saturday with a 5K “Run Against Racism”, starting from Market Square at the intersection of Lee and Bois d’Arc Streets in downtown Greenville. The entry fee is $25, and includes a run T-shirt. Registration will be conducted on site starting at 7 a.m. Saturday, the event will begin at 8 a.m., and can be a race, a run or a walk, depending on the entrant.

The Annual MLK Parade is scheduled to begin from Market Square at 10 a.m. Saturday, with staging one half-hour earlier.

— The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration will follow the parade, starting at 11 a.m. at Greenville Municipal Auditorium.

This year’s keynote address will be “Catching the Dream”, featuring Mrs. Ila M. Gilstrap, an award-winning Greenville teacher who taught for more than 56 years. Gilstrap will speak about how Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream and the Civil Rights movement impacted education over the course of her career.

Ralph Sanders, Executive Director for Human Resources at Greenville ISD, will provide the introduction for the keynote address. Rev. Phillip Dukes is Master of Ceremonies for the event, which will also showcase local and regional talent paying tribute to Dr. King and his dream.

— The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Observance will be hosted by the Greenville Inter-denominational Ministerial Alliance, starting at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 19 at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 1602 Joe Ramsey Boulevard in Greenville.

Those wanting additional information about the events can call 903-454-6688.

— Also on Sunday, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Celebration has been scheduled at Mount Moriah Baptist Church, 202 Champion Lane in Commerce, starting at 2:30 p.m. The award is being presented to those individuals who demonstrate King’s legacy of raising public consciousness to social justices, securing progress on civil rights, and loving and serving humanity.

— All federal, State of Texas, Hunt County and City of Greenville offices will be closed Monday, as will the Greenville Independent School District, and most banks will also be closed for the federal holiday.

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