SACRAMENTO – Sacramento is among thousands of other cities across the country celebrating the life and legacy of the late civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this month. The following is a brief listing of events and programs that have been planned for the local area.
Saturday, January 19 — In honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration, the Capitol City Seventh-Day Adventist Church hosts author Simeon Wright at 4:00 p.m. Wright is the cousin of Emmett Till, the teen who became a symbol of the civil rights movement in 1955 after being killed for whistling at a white woman in the South. Wright is the author of the book “Simeon’s Story: An Eyewitness Account of the Kidnapping of Emmett Till.” The event is free and includes musical presentations. The Capitol City Seventh-Day Adventist Church is located at 6701 Lemon Hill. For more information, call (916) 381-5353.
Saturday, January 19— The 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast, hosted by The Northern District Baptist Association, is set to begin at 8:00 a.m. at the California State University, Sacramento’s University Ballroom. This year’s theme is “30 Years and The Legacy Lives On.” The keynote speaker is syndicated writer Raynard Jackson. The university is located at 6000 J Street. Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for children ages 12 and under. For more information, call (916) 428-5891.
Monday, January 21— Sacramento takes to the streets in memory of Dr. King. The local march begins at 8:00 a.m. and locals can join in at three locations— Oak Park Community Center, Grant High School and Sacramento City College. The March For The Dream ends at the Sacramento Convention Center in downtown Sacramento, where an all-day community fair takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There will be entertainment as well as job and education resources available. For more information, visit www.mlk365.org.
Monday, January 21— Christian Fellowship Ministry Church hosts its 12th annual breakfast and program honoring Dr. King. The breakfast is set to begin at 9:00 a.m.
The church is located at 3410 Rio Linda Boulevard. To RSVP to attend or for more information, contact Rev. Alice Baber-Banks at (916) 726-0449.
Monday, January 21— Urban Outreach-Occupy Sacramento hosts a celebration of freedom and democracy in honor of Dr. King. The event is set to run from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. on the North Steps of the State Capitol. There will be a special presentation of Dr. King’s speech against the Vietnam War as well as music and poetry. The keynote speaker will be local Occupy activist Kevin Carter. For more information, call (916) 275-8737.
Monday, January 21— Come cheer on the community’s youth as NIA, Intel’s African American employee group hosts its Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Competition at the Memorial Auditorium Jean Runyon Little Theater from 1:00-3:00 p.m.. Competition is open to high school students who write speech or spoken word piece answering the question, “What would Dr. King do if he had an Ultrabook?”
Monday, January 21— The Sacramento Metropolitan Choir of the Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA) presents its annual Dr. King Gospel Concert. The concert is free to attend and is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church, where Rev. Anthony R. Sadler is pastor. The theme for 2013 is “Keeping the Dream Alive: Continuing The Journey – The Next Movement.” Bishop Sherwood Carthen of Bayside of South Sacramento will be the keynote speaker. Shiloh Baptist Church is located at 3565 9th Avenue. For more information, call (916) 813-6580.
Tuesday, January 22— The University of the Pacific hosts its Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace and Justice Awards Dinner from 6:00-7:30 p.m at the Vereschagin Alumni House. The event honors members of the Pacific and San Joaquin communities who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to social justice and equality. For more information or tickets call (209) 946-7707.
By Geona Barrow
OBSERVER, Senior Staff Writer