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1/8/2014 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Week 2014

Contact: Sharon Benson, Arts Education Coordinator
Arts and Humanities


(Salina, KS 1-17) A series of events in celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is planned for Salina beginning on Friday, January 17, 2014.  The events are presented by the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Ad Hoc Committee, a broadly-based community-wide organization.  The theme for the 2014 weekend and holiday is Remember! Celebrate!! Act!!! A variety of events including an open-mic presentation, a literacy program, two celebration services, and a potluck dinner are available for community participation this year. 

Activities include an open-mic presentation, “The Dream Edition,” organized by cash.hollistah.  The session takes place on Friday, January 17th, at 7:30 p.m. at Ad Astra Books & Coffeehouse, 141 N. Santa Fe.  The featured poet is Marrque Nunley.  Those under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult, as some poems may contain explicit content.  Admission is $5.

On Saturday, January 18th, the Volunteer Connection will conduct a literacy program from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Central Mall, 2259 S. Ninth Street.  Information to promote reading and writing for all ages will be distributed and writers will be available throughout the day to share their work and answer questions.  For information, please contact Dick Godfrey at The Volunteer Connection, 785-823-3128. 
On Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m., the annual Community Potluck Dinner will take place at host church The Salvation Army, 1137 N. Santa Fe.  Participants are asked to bring a dish to share.  Entertainment will be provided by guest artist Joel McCray, a keyboardist and music minister from Arlington, Texas.  The potluck dinner will be followed by a choir rehearsal led by Ramona Newsom, Celebration choir director. 

On Sunday , January 19th at 3:30 p.m., the annual Celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will take place at The Salvation Army.  Featured speaker is Barry R. Grissom, United States Attorney, District of Kansas.  A variety of musical numbers and readings will comprise the Celebration, including featured guest artist Joel McCray. 

On Monday, January 20th, a service targeted toward youth will be held at St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church, 215 S. Chicago, beginning at 12 noon. 

Those wishing to participate in the community choir, which performs at the Sunday Celebration, can attend rehearsals on:  Saturday, January 4 at 6:00 p.m.; Monday, January 6 and January 13 at 6:00 p.m., Saturday, January 18 following the potluck dinner, and on Sunday, January 19 at 2:00 p.m.  Rehearsals will take place at New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, 3321 N. 8th Street (1/4, 1/6, 1/13) or The Salvation Army, 1137 N Santa Fe (1/18 and 1/19).  Everyone is invited and no special skill is needed to be a part of the choir.
The Celebration is presented by the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Ad Hoc Committee, which follows the guidelines established by the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change.  The nonviolent concept is an overall effort to achieve a reconciled world by raising the level of relationships among people to a height where justice prevails and persons attain their full human potential.

The appearance of Joel McCray is made possible by Salina Arts & Humanities.  These events are also facilitated by the City of Salina Department of Human Relations.

For needed accommodations, please call Kathy Burlew at Salina Arts & Humanities at 785-309-5770 between 8:00 a.m. - Noon and 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Every effort will be made to accommodate known disabilities.  For material or speech access, please call at least five working days prior to the event.

Salina Arts & Humanities, a department of the City of Salina, has served a unique role in arts advocacy and support since 1966.  The Smoky Hill River Festival, Horizons Grants Program, Smoky Hill Museum, Arts Infusion Program in schools, Community Art & Design, Cultural Connections, and Art a la Carte concert series are among the programs of Salina Arts & Humanities, located at 211 W. Iron Avenue in Salina.