Elyria’s Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission is gearing up to celebrate the King legacy with a host of weekend events.
The 34th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Festival begins 11 a.m. in the Elyria Public Library. At 6 p.m., the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church will host its first event: Celebrate the King.
Second Baptist Church in Lorain will host the Lorain NAACP annual King Celebration at 4 p.m., and at 5 p.m., Oberlin College’s Finney Chapel will feature “Voices of a Movement” with live music and a panel of local voices who will share stories about the civil rights era in Oberlin.
This year’s main event, “One Dream — One Purpose,” is 11 a.m. when the Elyria High School Performing Arts Center will host a presentation of King’s speech “The Birth of a New Nation.”
The recording of the sermon, in which King tells the story of Ghana’s fight for independence from British rule, will precede a dance performance from Move It! Dance Project, music from Zion Corn and Raymon King III. The MLK Community and Education Fair also will be taking place in the EHS Performing Arts lobby.
Winners of this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Essay and Poetry Contest will be announced during the celebration. The contest, open to Elyria public and private school students, challenges its participants to interpret King’s work into original art. Local organizations also will be recognized during the ceremony.
A Commemorative Walk from Ely Square to Elyria High School at 10:30 a.m. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. is the King Holiday Soul Food Dinner at Marcel Hall in Elyria.
In Lorain, a march and community forum will begin at 1 p.m. at the South Branch Library.
At 6 p.m., the Lorain Public Library South Branch will host its King celebration with music, dancing and more. The library asks that those planning to attend pre-register by calling (440) 277-5672.
The Lorain Public Library also is hosting a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at 1 p.m. in its main branch. Those interested in participating may preregister by calling (440) 244-1192 or (800) 322-READ, ext. 449.
Oberlin will host a memorial ceremony for King’s life and work “Rededication to the Dream” in Martin Luther King Jr. Park at 12:15 p.m. Monday.
The Lorain County Community College Office of Student Life King Celebration will take place 11:30 a.m. at the College Center with keynote speaker the Rev. Marcettes L. Cunningham of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Elyria.
Events will close with the 34th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Workshop at 7 p.m. at the Kanisa House. For more information, call (440) 366-3244.
All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission
at (440) 326-1407 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Mark Allain at 329-7155 or email@example.com.