Enterprise and New Brockton will host celebrations for Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, Jan. 20.
The Enterprise Community Awareness Organization has annually hosted events preceding the official holiday.
For 2014, the Citywide Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will begin Friday, Jan. 17, at 6 p.m. with the annual Youth Night Celebration at Johns Chapel AME Church, where all of the activities for the weekend will take place. The main celebration program is Sunday, Jan. 19, at 5 p.m. at Johns Chapel, at with the Martin Luther King Jr. Mass Choir. Choir rehearsals have been underway with the next rehearsal date Monday, Jan. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at Johns Chapel Church.
The keynote speaker for the celebration program is Andrew T. Holtz Jr., the presiding elder of the Ozark-Troy District AME churches.
According to Program Chair Marge Simmons, “All singers are welcome to come and join us in the celebrations which will be under the direction of Yolanda Daniels-Milton and Joe Merida.”
There will not be a Memorial March during this year's observance, but everyone is welcome to come to Johns Chapel and enjoy the activities and fellowship, according to
Johns Chapel AME Church pastor Vernon McLeod.
Gloria Wheeler, president of the Community Awareness Organization, also welcomes the public to participate in each of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities.
New Brockton area churches will host an area Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration on Monday, Jan. 20, beginning with a Memorial March and Youth Service Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the former Warren Smith High School. Currently, the building is used as the Coffee County Bus Shop. Warren Smith High is a former all-black school used prior to the integration years of the 1960’s.
The program will host the Youth Choir under the direction of Ella Burrows accompanied by music director, Cornelius Burrows. Youth from area churches and the community will present special songs for the occasion, along with readings and poems.
After the program, the Memorial March will lead to the Greater Springfield Missionary Baptist Church with pastor, the Rev. Barry Causey.
At the church, the Youth Challenge will be presented by Crystal Burrows Benson with special guest speaker for the day, former (retired) principal and educator, Angela Seals.
Organizers for the day’s events say everyone is invited to participate in the march and all of the Greater Springfield events. Greater Springfield Missionary Baptist Church is located off Church Street in New Brockton.