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MLK Celebration commemorates 50th anniversary of assassination

Gabby Ewert, right, performs during Hannibal's Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in 2016. | H-W File Photo
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 11, 2018 8:55 am

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Hannibal's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, this year commemorating the 50th anniversary of his assassination, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1111 Broadway. The theme is "Giving Back," and the celebration will be extended a second day.

Jim's Journey Executive Director Faye Dant will emcee the event, and the Rev. Michael Quinn, pastor at Holy Family, will be the featured speaker.

"Father Michael Quinn will engage those in attendance in meaningful dialogue around the theme of ‘Giving Back,' " Dant said.

Volunteerism will be highlighted.

"King encouraged community service volunteers," Dant said. "He dubbed the best of these leaders ‘drum majors.' "

To honor King, Drum Major Service Awards will be given Sunday to Hannibal residents who are generous in responding to unmet community needs.

Afternoon entertainment will feature the Holy Family Children's Choir, Hannibal-LaGrange University Vocal Quintet, praise dancers and individual performances by Tina Haley, Patrick Hedges, Marsha Mayfield and others.

The MLK Celebration is free and open to the public. It is expected to go until 4 p.m. A reception will be in the church's cafeteria afterward.

On Monday, the MLK Planning Committee will lead a volunteer service project at First United Methodist Church, 901 Broadway. The committee will host the Loaves and Fishes Dinner and provide free food and entertainment. They invite people to assist them in the service project.

For more information about the two-day celebration, contact Dant at 217-617-1507, or email at fayedant@gmail.com.

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