Martin Luther King, Jr.’s impact on the nation will be celebrated locally when worship services to honor the civil rights activist and Noble Prize recipient for peace is honored this weekend.
King died in 1968, but not before he touched the lives of many Americans and the world when he gave his “I Have a Dream” speech.
It reads in part: “I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
With the theme “Setting Goals for the Future” planned for two services, the MLK Committee, headed by Director Mozelle Stephens, announced its 2019 scholarship recipients and are listed in the service program.
They are as follows: Quincey Hayes, Da’Leon Robertson, Kandace Muniz, Milaila Klimple, Trinity King, Dierra George, Kyli Kostalnik, Jordan Fortenberry, Tyrek Armstrong, Jacorey Kemper, Davon Stevenson, Kevin Bradshaw, Chloe Levert, Samuel Sims, Deaundra Smith, Abbie Farrar, Destiny Ortiz, Trinity Taylor, Leslie Briano, Angel Delgado, Xavier Hearse, Omar Marks, Elizabeth Watson.
March followed by service
The first is Saturday, Jan. 18 that is a MLK March that will be held in the city’s West End. Parade marshal will be Alfred Bryant. Participants are asked to gather at Just Do It Now, 1619 MLK Boulevard at 9:30 a.m. The march will then proceed to Caney Creek Church, 118 West Milam Street. A church program with theme “Setting Goals for the Future” will then begin at 10:45 a.m. and end around noon. Master of Ceremony will be Alex Francis.
The order of service is as follows: processional by Wharton High School ROTC, Pledge of Allegiance by youth, prayer by Deacon Walter Garrett of Macedonia Baptist Church, greetings by Pastor David Clapp of Caney Creek Church, introduction of speaker by Wharton ISD Police Chief Landy Williams, performance of “I Have a Dream” by Minister A. Watson of St. James Baptist Church, solo by Bertina Carter, reflections by a scholarship recipient, performance by Praise Dance/The Group C3, introduction of officials and MLK Committee, and closing remarks by the Rev. Roy Harris, pastor and MLK chair.
Refreshments served between 12:30 and 2 p.m.
Second service planned
The second service is at East Gate New Prosperity Missionary Baptist Church, 5211 FM 102, on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 2:30 p.m. The them is also “Setting Goals for the Future.”
MC will be Pastor Broderick Sanford, of Mt. Olive MBC, El Campo.
The order of service is as follows: processional by clergy and WHS ROTC, Pledge of Allegiance by EGNP Youth, Lift Every Voice and Sing by EGNP Choir, prayer by Pastor Ira Cotton of Camp Zion Rising Star MBC, greetings by Alicia Coleman MLK secretary, theme by WISD Assistant Superintendent S.B. Pierson, reflections by Louise ISD Superintendent Dr. Garth Oliver, selection by EGNP Choir, remarks by Father Michael Paul of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, solo by Chari Scott, youth perspective by a scholarship recipient, selection by EGNP Choir, recognition of pastors and public officials, offertory period by Wilma Randall, Deacon James Mitchell, Deacon Leslie Clark, Carolyn Mitchell and Commissioner Pct. 1 Richard Zahn, introduction of speaker by MLK Chairman Pastor Roy Harris, God’s messenger by Pastor Dexter Webb of East Gate New Prosperity MBC, closing remarks by Pastor Harris, benediction by Pastor Webb.