Martin Luther King Day will be celebrated in Ashland with a speaker and special events Monday to remember the leader and what he stood for.
“It’s a day of recognition for Martin Luther King and for the dream he had for us,” said Ann Newman, president of the Boyd and Greenup County branch of the NAACP.
Events will begin with a church service and a guest speaker, Bishop Samuel Moore of Full Gospel Assembly in Huntington, at 10:30 a.m. at St. James AME Church at 12th Street and Carter Avenue. There will also be singing by the community choir and presentations from local school systems.
Schoolchildren were asked to write essays and poetry and create art to be entered in a contest with the theme “Team Work Makes the Dream Work.” Works by the first-, second- and third-place winners in each category will be displayed in the Boyd County Public Library.
The church service will be followed by a march to Judd Plaza, followed by a free lunch at First Presbyterian Church.
“Anybody and everybody are invited,” Newman said.
The Rev. Stanley McDonald, a resident of Ashland and vice president of the board for Four Winds Christian Ministries in San Antonio, Tex., will be the keynote speaker at 7 p.m. Sunday at a community Martin Luther King Jr. service at New Hope Baptist Church, 2717 Carter Ave. The interdenominational service is sponsored by the Ashland Area Ministerial Association.
McDonald, who attends New Hope, was called to preach in 1996 while attending a church in Goldsboro, N.C. He was ordained by Canaan Full Gospel Baptist Church in Goldsboro.
Those interested in being part of a community choir during the service are asked to be at the church at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
SHANNON MILLER can be reached at email@example.com or (606) 326-2642.