2018-01-11 / Around Town

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Honored


Runners and spectators are welcome to participate in the MLK Torch Run on Monday, Jan. 15 which begins at 9 a.m. at the 1st Rhode Island Regiment Monument, Portsmouth and continues to Newport City Hall. 
(Photo by Bob Weaver) Runners and spectators are welcome to participate in the MLK Torch Run on Monday, Jan. 15 which begins at 9 a.m. at the 1st Rhode Island Regiment Monument, Portsmouth and continues to Newport City Hall. (Photo by Bob Weaver) “We shall not be moved! Remember! Celebrate! Act! A day on not a day off” is the message of the 33rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. weekend of activities to honor one of the country’s greatest leaders in the civil rights movement.

Friday, Jan. 12

7:30 p.m. Evening Service, Temple Shalom, the Cantor and Congregation of Temple Shalom invite the members of community to its annual sabbath service to commemorate the life and values of Dr. Martin Luther King in the synagogue at 223 Valley Road, Middletown. The combined choirs of Community Baptist Church and Mt. Zion AME churches will participate. Services will be followed by refreshments. For further information, call 401-849-3864.

Sunday, Jan. 14

3 p.m. The Redwood Library & Athenaeum will be welcoming the Voices of Unity Choir of Newport who will perform a free concert honoring Martin Luther King Jr. The choir, an ensemble from the Community Baptist Church and the Mount Zion A.M.E. Church will present a program of spirituals and gospel music as well as a brief narration of Black history.

Monday, Jan. 15

9 a.m. Torch Run, begins at 1st Rhode Island Regiment Monument, Portsmouth, continues to Newport City Hall.

9:30 a.m. Annual Birthday Program, music by the Navy Band Northeast Brass Quintet, Thompson Middle School, guest speaker will be Commander Zeverick Butts.

Noon Annual luncheon The Mainstay Inn, Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for youth, 18 and under, “Then and Now- Moving Forward,” will be the program given by guest speaker: Cheryl Burrell.

3 p.m. Afternoon program, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Center, Pauline Moye-Veronica Mays, Quilting Around The Block, Story Telling, Poetry.

5 p.m. Evening worship service, Cross Point Church, message by Dr. Rev. Steve Robinson

Luncheon tickets or questions contact Thelma Williams at 401- 338-1075, Fern Lema at 401-846- 4785 or Victoria Johnson at 401- 846-3967.

Most of the activities above are sponsored by the Newport County Branch National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

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