Boys and Girls Club to host Martin Luther King program
, 2015

Boys and Girls Club to host
Martin Luther King program

The Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Neck will celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King with“Pathways to Freedom.” The program will be presented from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturday, January 18, at the Education and Recreation Center, 517 North Main Street, Kilmarnock. The program is open to the public.

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The program will open with a drug awareness talk by representatives from the sheriff’s offices of Lancaster and Richmond counties, reported unit director Wardell Carter.

The art department will have display works depicting a time line of Dr. King’s life as people enter the gym, said Carter. Six- and seven-year-olds will march in front of the crowd ringing bells while eight-and nine-year-olds will follow chanting “Let freedom ring, let freedom ring.” Later, the 10- to 12-year-old boys will carry signs while marching and demonstrating against drugs.

Several area churches will participate including Irvington Baptist, Abiding Faith, Shiloh Baptist and New Saint John’s Baptist. Cecil Taylor from Shiloh Baptist will re-enact the “I Have a Dream” speech while Thomasyne Acree from Abiding Faith will sing “O Freedom.”

“I believe that Martin Luther King not only fought against injustices, prejudices and racism, but for the core values of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America which include the importance of education, good character and citizenship, and a healthy lifestyle,” said Carter. “It is my opinion that none of us can be free until we excel in all three of these areas.”

Tre’Von Waters, a club member and junior staff member, will address “Education Makes Me Free” while Terry Tignor of Irvington Baptist Church focuses on “Good Character and Citizenship: Volunteering to Help Others.” Susan Foxhall, a club volunteer, will share another perspective.

Deborah Waller from New Saint John’s Baptist Church will sing “A Change Is Going to Come” followed by teen director Keshawna Taylor who will share her vision. The formal program will conclude with Thomasyne Acree singing another song. Refreshments will be served.

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