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January 16, 2013

A King is not forgotten

New Albany program focused on life, message of MLK

NEW ALBANY — The spirit, sacrifice and commitment of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was remembered by young and old, black and white in New Albany Tuesday. 

From city leaders to school children, the doors were open at the Kathy Wilkerson Recreation Center to celebrate the life of King. 

“It’s a privilege to live in the shadow of Dr. King and his dream because he was such a trailblazer, especially his message on equality and non violence,” said Rev. Tony Torran, pastor of the Galatian Missionary Baptist Church in New Albany. “I think that it’s very important, and we need a reminder of how important it is to love one another and respect one another.” 

Torran was one of the ministers who took part in the event, which was titled “Learning from the Past; Preparing for the Future”. The ceremony marked the third annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration sponsored by The Community Women for Unity and Equality. 

King was a civil rights activist who was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tenn. by James Earl Ray. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday observed on the third Monday in January to commemorate his Jan. 15 birth date. 

This year, the holiday will be celebrated on Monday. 

A group of community children provided a welcoming introduction for the event in New Albany, and organizers of the program said it’s incumbent to pass on the memory of King to future generations. 

“We want to encourage the kids to participate because we’ll be off the scene in a few years, and it’s important for them to carry on the legacy of Dr. King,” said Marcia Booker, president of The Community Women for Unity and Equality. 

The dinner program included prayer, scripture readings and remarks from various community leaders and the keynote speaker, Dr. Victor McKinney, pastor of Howard Chapel Baptist Church in New Albany. 

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Jamie Collins, Scottsburg, works on lesson plans in her classroom at Scribner Middle School on Monday afternoon. Collins was the recipient of a $100 gift card to the Your Educational Supply Store from the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. Education Foundation. All first-time teachers in the school system received a gift card to help them set up their classrooms.

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