Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Activities
Monday is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Area schools may be out, but there is still lots to learn and do.
Sedalia does an excellent job of continuing to share the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He may have died in 1968, but almost 50 years after his death, his legacy still continues on.
Sedalia will have a few events going on beginning with a program at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 10 a.m. on Monday. The program is sponsored by the Pettis County Community Partnership and put on by the NAACP. There will be performances by Iglesia Luterana, Amigos De Cristo, Burns Chapel Freewill Baptist Church Music Director Alice Kemp and the Burns Chapel Youth Praise Team.
After the program, there will be a march that goes to the Sedalia Municipal Building.
In addition to activities in Sedalia, Warrensburg will have a few activities planned too.
The Performing Arts Series at the University of Central Missouri and the Warrensburg Ministerial Association will host the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Praise and Worship Service at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, in Hendricks Hall on the UCM campus.
The event is part of UCM’s 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, combining the traditional ecumenical worship service and the gospel concert.
The Rev. Bob Denham of the LIFE Church of the Nazarene will serve as master of ceremonies, with the Rev. Heather Jepsen of the First Presbyterian Church as the featured speaker. Music will be provided by the Jesus Saves Pentecostal Church of God Sanctuary Choir, the First United Methodist Church Junior Praise Band and UCM’s ABC Gospel Choir.
Special music will be presented by soloists Shirley Briscoe of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church and Stephanie Flores of First Baptist Church of Warrensburg.
The Warrensburg Ministerial Association will also present its MLK Scholarships.
The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
UCM alumnus Lucas Boyce, director of business development and legislative affairs for the Orlando Magic, will be the keynote speaker for the University of Central Missouri’s annual Freedom Scholarship Dinner, planned for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in the Elliott Student Union ballroom. The event is the highlight of the university’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, The Dream Still Matters.
The event also will honor the nine UCM students who are recipients of the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King Freedom Scholarships. The scholarships, which are supported through the UCM Foundation with proceeds from the Freedom Scholarship Dinner, are awarded each spring to students who will attend UCM in the fall.
Scholarship recipients to be recognized are Jocelynn Burnet, Anastasia Chaky, Elexus Edwards, Aimee Ekstrom, Danielle Moore, Madison Saunders, Brandy Chaidez, Kenneth Michael Pierson and Aubrey Winn.