Martin Luther King Jr. Day Scheduled Events in South Central Kentucky
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faculty, and staff to participate in the scheduled Martin Luther King Day events in
Below is a listing of the events scheduled in Bowling Green, Glasgow, and Franklin.
Local Warren County events
Sun., Jan 19, 2020 – Martin Luther King Jr. Community Program
6:00The Mt. Zion Baptist Church will host a narrative performance called "Let's Take a Ride on a Train with Rosa Parks." The event will feature music from the group Desmond Anthony and The Movement. p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church 175 Graham Dr., Bowling Green, KY.
The Mt. Zion Baptist Church will host a narrative performance called “Let’s Take a Ride n a Train with Rosa Parks”. The event will feature music from the group Desmond Anthony and The Movement.
Monday, Jan 20, 2020 – Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Breakfast
7:30 a.m. at Parker Bennett Curry Elementary School, 165 Webb Dr., Bowling Green, KY
Start Martin Luther King Jr Day off with a memorial breakfast at 7:30 am at Parker Bennett Curry Elementary School for $15 The breakfast speaker is Rev. Stacey Beason. This is the only MLK Day event that isn’t free. Then continue on to the Warren County Justice Center at 10 am to march to the State Street Baptist Church for the main program featuring speaker Rozalyn Akins at 11 am.
Simpson County events
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Celebration
Sunday, January 19 @ 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The African American Heritage Center Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Celebration will be held at Elevated Baptist Church, 307 Be;; Street, Franklin, KY.
Contact info: 270-586-6394
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Service
Monday, January 20 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Franklin Simpson Human Rights Commission will sponsor the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Service at the First United Methodist Church. Program will begin at 8 am. For more information or to purchase tickets call: 270-776-4945
Glasgow/Barren County Events
(Taken for story in the Glasgow Daily times by Melinda Overstreet)
The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Youth Celebration is Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 611 S. Lewis St., Glasgow. The Liberty District Community Youth Choir, which is composed of members from various Liberty District Baptist Association churches and is under the direction of Anita Fant and Danny Heater, again will be providing music, Jones said.
The Rev. Kendall Ford, pastor of Woodsonville Baptist Church at Munfordville, is the guest speaker, for the evening’s message focusing on youths.
Mica Wood Pence, the family court judge for Barren and Metcalfe counties, County Attorney Kathryn Thomas and Glasgow Police Department Chief Guy Howie are also slated to make remarks Sunday.
On Monday, the actual federal holiday designated to honor King, a prayer vigil will begin at noon in front of the Barren County Courthouse.
Fay Neal is coordinating that part, and the Rev. Michael Sublett, associate minister at First Baptist, is likely to be with him to lead what is typically a relatively brief gathering.
Neal said he anticipates it will be similar to previous years, with prayer, and probably a reading of some scripture.
Following that relatively brief gathering, a walk from the courthouse to the church will take place to commemorate the civil rights marches often organized and/or led by King.
The group will trek across East Washington Street from the back of the courthouse to South Broadway Street, which will take marchers over to Ky. 249/Bunche Avenue. The route is only on Bunche for one block before taking a right onto South Lewis near the church.
Those walking will usually sing along the way what became known as freedom songs, such as “We Shall Overcome.”
The Rev. Barrett Wright, “a son” of First Baptist Church in Glasgow, where he grew up and became a member, is the guest minister, as he is now pastor at First Baptist Church in Scottsville. Those who attended last year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day event may recall that Wright delivered his own localized, modernized version of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
This year, a recording will be playing as guests enter the church for the service of King’s Aug. 28, 1963, delivery of “I Have a Dream” in Washington, D.C., at The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
Destined for Purpose will be providing music Monday, and Glasgow Mayor Harold Armstrong and Liberty District Moderator Eric Duke, who is pastor of Owens Chapel Baptist Church in Cave City, are scheduled to provide greetings. Glasgow Councilman Joe Trigg, also a member of First Baptist in Glasgow, will be doing the introductions of guests, Jones said.
This year’s event is dedicated to Lana Carol Lovejoy, founder of the first Martin Luther King Jr. Day event in Glasgow, who died in December.