Martin Luther King Jr. Day events run through weekend

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The steering committee for the Martin Luther King weekend of events recently met at Eastern Gateway Community College with Sharon Kirtdoll presiding.

Duane Jennings and Cynthia Smith reviewed the youth program that will be held at the MLK Center on Saturday for the youth and children. It will include “Martin in the Classroom” learning stations and activities and an MLK birthday party with cake and music. The guest disc jockey will be Brother Anthony Feater.

For information or to volunteer to assist with the activities, contact Jennings at (740) 264-1862 or (740) 632-3951 or Smith at (740) 282-8010.

The group reviewed the MLK ecumenical service that will be conducted on Sunday at Quinn AME Church, 515 North St., Steubenville, beginning at 6 p.m.

Participants in the service will include Pastor Raymond Mickens, Delores Wiggins, Pastor Gary Hallberg, Bishop Roy Dawkins, Steubenville Mayor Domenick Mucci, state Sen. Lou Gentile, D-Steubenville, and Steubenville City Manager Tim Boland.

Jackie Gibson will welcome guests, and the Martin Luther King Memorial Mass Choir will perform under the direction of Wiggins, minister of music.

Also addressing the gathering will be the Rev. Nathan Malavolti, vice president for community relations at Franciscan University of Steubenville, and Laura Meeks, EGCC president.

James Baber, MLK Association president and executive vice president at EGCC, will introduce the guest speaker, the Rev. Lewis Macklin II of Youngstown, pastor of Holy Trinity Missionary Baptist Church.

Natia Smith, a sophomore education major at Franciscan University and recipient of Franciscan University’s MLK Scholarship, will address the gathering. Assisting with the scholarship appeal and offering will be Anita Jackson, Kent Lewis and Anthony Mougianis. The event is open to the public.

Jan. 20 festivities will begin with a 9 a.m. continental breakfast at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 905 Market St., Steubenville. Assisting with the program will be Gail Johnson, Paul Rue, Baber, Pastor Maurice Lawson, Regina Blanchard, Carol Ann Simmons and Elise Rainbow.

The MLK Memorial March on Jan. 20 gets under way at 10:30 a.m. with the drum line provided by the Steubenville High School Band escorting the marchers from the MLK Center to SHS. Congregations, groups and organizations are encouraged to participate in the march. The group with the largest delegation will be awarded the traveling trophy.

The program at the high school will be emceed by Angela Kirtdoll-Suggs, who will be introduced by Baber. Music will be presented by Wiggins and Natori Wicker. Brother John Paul McMahon will offer the opening prayer. Jennings will present the award to the group with the most participants.

Mary K. McVey and Tiffany Boury, professors at the university, will be presented with an award for their years of dedication and service working with the children at the MLK Center. Asantewa Anyabwile will award prizes to the students who participated in the essay contest.

After the program, guests will be invited to lunch in the SHS commons area for a meal provided by Sodexo Food Service from the university. The event is open to the public.