MLK events kick off Saturday in Portsmouth

By Frank Lewis - [email protected]

“Dare to make a change” is the theme of the 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr., events in the Scioto County area, and the activities kick off Saturday (Jan. 14) morning.

“We’re going to be doing the breakfast tomorrow (Saturday),” Maureen Cadogan, president of the Dr. Martin Luther King Scholarship Committee, said. “Our speaker is Judge Teri Jamison from Columbus, Ohio. She is a juvenile court judge. The breakfast always has a tremendous turnout.”

The breakfast will take place at the SOMC Friends Center, 1202 18th St., beginning at 9 a.m.

“We’re going to have songs by the Portsmouth North End Choir,” Cadogan said.

The activity carries over into Sunday with a silent mark and a memorial service.

“We have the Martin Luther King march,” Cadogan said. “We’re going to march from the east parking lot at Shawnee State. We’re going to march to Mt. Zion (Baptist) Church.”

Cadogan said the march assembles at approximately 2 p.m. and steps off at 2:30 p.m.

“I would like to see more interest in the march,” Cadogan said. “We used to have tons of people and our numbers are going down. However, last year at the memorial service we had really good numbers.”

“Once we’re at the church we’ll have a memorial service,” Cadogan said. ‘The recipients of the (Martin Luther King, Jr.) scholarships will be reading their essays.”

Cadogan said it is the first time the church has been in charge of planning the service.

“The children will be practicing with Maxine Malone trying to get ready for Monday,” Cadogan said. “Monday is the Performing Arts and Scholarship presentation and that’s going to be at the 14th Street Community Center.”

On Monday morning, there will be a Martin Luther King Workshop from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the 14th Street Community Center. A winter picnic will be held at 1 p.m., also at the 14th Street Community Center.

At 7 p.m., Monday a performing arts program will take place at the Center.

“The performing arts is standing room only,” Cadogan said. “Every year we run out of seats.”

Cadogan said she would like to see a larger representation of the community at all of the events that honor the legacy of America’s best-known civil rights leader.

“The march and the workshop, I would like to see much more participation in,” Cadogan said.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy,” Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Frank Lewis

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Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.