Weekend events honor Martin Luther King Jr.
by Laura Camper
Groups in local and area communities are making plans to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday with various religious and civic activities.

Clay County Faith in Action is sponsoring its first King Day celebration as a means to bring the community together, said Rev. E. Traymain Solomon, pastor of Springhill Baptist Church.

After noticing there was no commemoration in the area, he approached other county leaders to see if they could work together to host one.

“We pooled our resources, our talents and time,” Solomon said.

The result is a weekend of activities to commemorate King hosted by Springhill Baptist Church.

A concert on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. will feature the Springhill Mass Choir, Bethlehem United Methodist Mass Choir and Columbus, Ga.-based gospel group the Holy Divine Worshipers.

On Sunday at 5 p.m. Jerome Gray, a member of the Alabama Democratic Conference, formerly the Black Political Caucus of Alabama, will speak about the struggles that King faced.

In Anniston, the 11th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast and Youth Participation Day will begin at 9 a.m. Monday at the Anniston City Meeting Center on Noble Street.

Donna Ross, librarian of the Hobson City Library, said the library will open Monday at 5:30 p.m. for an evening of special activities including a story hour for elementary students and a showing of the film “The Road to Memphis” about King.

“It’s supposed to be a day of service and I think commemorating our history is part of that service,” Ross said.

Staff writer Laura Camper: 256-235-3545. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.

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