A glance at local MLK events

January 20, 2014 

Events to honor the memory and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the slain civil rights leader, continue this week:


• The 11th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Prayer Breakfast will be from 7 to 9 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Dave Lyle Boulevard at Hood Center Drive, Rock Hill. The Rev. Steve Hogg, senior pastor of First Baptist Church, will speak.

• Students from Winthrop University, York Technical College and Clinton College will honor the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. through volunteer work and community service in Rock Hill and surrounding areas. More than 300 students have registered for the event, serving more than 25 community agencies. The event will kick off at 9 a.m. in Winthrop’s Richardson Ballroom, from there students will go to their service destinations.

• Gethsemane Church will host its “ After The Dream Celebration” at 9 a.m. with a brunch at 1637 Squire Road, Rock Hill. Bishop George Jackson of Thomasville, N.C., will speak.

• Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Eta Alpha Omega chapter, will honor the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. by donating a tree to the Roosevelt Community Park in Clover. A dedication ceremony will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at the park. The chapter also will donate meals, gift cards, and financial literacy information to families in York and Chester counties. Members will make a donation to the youth program of the Stellie Jackson Enrichment Center to provide a meal after their participation in the Roosevelt Community Watch MLK Day of Service program.

• The Boys & Girls Clubs of York County presents the “ March of Dreamers” celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. All four clubs will meet at Northside Recreation Center in Rock Hill and will join together to march at 10:30 a.m. to Confederate Park, where they will present readings and Winthrop University’s Vision of Prayze gospel choir will perform. A special recognition of the Friendship Nine will take place at 11 a.m. Rock Hill Mayor Doug Echols will present an official MLK Day proclamation.

• Roosevelt Community Watch will host its Martin Luther King Jr. annual birthday celebration at 5 p.m. at Jerusalem Baptist Church on Farris Road in Clover. Bishop Herbert C. Crump Jr. of Freedom Temple Ministries, Rock Hill, will speak.

• The MLK Celebration Committee of Chester County’s two-day celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life concludes with a memorial service at 7 p.m. at Brown’s Chapel AME Zion Church, featuring the Rev. Windell Sumpter. Demarious Crank will emcee. The service also will feature men’s choirs from the area.

• The Rock Hill NAACP’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Program will be at 7 p.m. at Boyd Hill Baptist Church, 315 Glenn St. The Rev. Thomas Barber will speak. The program is open to the public.

• The United Churches of Fort Mill will have its annual MLK Celebration at 7 p.m. at Jerusalem Baptist Church on Steele Street. Open to the community.


• Lancaster’s Martin Luther King Jr. parade and ceremony will start at 11 a.m. downtown. The theme for this year’s parade is “I Have a Dream.” The parade will begin at Springs Street and Main Street and end at Williams Street and Main Street. Information: lancastercitysc.com or chasty@lancastercitysc.com.

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