NEW ALBANY —
City officials, including Mayor Jeff Gahan and council members Diane McCartin-Benedetti and Shirley Baird, attended the event.
“We have a nice turnout despite the chilly weather, and we have an excellent program, and it’s become a tradition every year I look forward to,” Gahan said of the event.
The New Albany Parks Department donated the building space for the event, and interim Parks Director Kathy Wilkerson credited The Community Women for Unity and Equality for their commitment to honoring King.
“It’s a great opportunity for citizens to come together, and I hope it continues for years and years,” she said.
When King was pushing for equality during the civil rights struggle of the 1960s, people were dealing with poverty and strife in ways almost unheard of today, Wilkerson added.
For example, many people had to be creative about their meals or just not eat, and the parks department is sponsoring an event on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to serve as a reminder of those hard times.
The program is called “Poor People’s Freedom Brunch”, and will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Kathy Wilkerson Recreation Center.
“We want people to realize how much better life is because of Dr. King,” Wilkerson said.