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Memphis pastor to speak at annual MLK march

By Rita Howell

The pastor of one of Memphis’ largest congregations will be the keynote speaker for the Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration service in Batesville on January 21.

The speech by Gary Faulkner, pastor of the Cumings Street M.B. Church, will culminate activities for the 26th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend in Batesville.

Events are being coordinated by the members of the South Panola High School Hi-Y and Tri-Hi-Y Clubs, and the Sardis District Ministerial Alliance.

The theme for the weekend is “Remember-Celebrate-Act: Striving for Unity Through Empowerment and Reconciliation.”

This year’s celebration of the civil right’s leader’s birthday will begin with a basketball jamboree on Friday, January 18 at 6 p.m. at the Batesville Junior High gym. On Saturday, January 19, a Black Business Expo is being planned at the Patton Lane Community Center from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

On Sunday, January 20 an MLK commemoration musical will be presented at the Sardis District Educational Building at 6 p.m.

Activities on the King Day holiday on Monday, January 21, will begin with a breakfast at Mt. Zion Baptist Church at 8 a.m. followed by a prayer service hosted by the Sardis District Ministerial Alliance. All clergy and community leaders are invited to participate in this event.

At 9 a.m. participants in the commemoration march are asked to assemble at Mt. Zion Church. At 10 a.m. the group will march from the church through Downtown to the Batesville Intermediate School auditorium where Faulkner will speak.

He has served as pastor of Cummings Street for 17 years. The church has grown to more than 8,000 members under his leadership. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from Crichton College and has led his church in a commitment to foreign missions. Faulkner has traveled on mission trips to the Philippines and to Central America.

For information on the weekend’s events call: Dennis Hoskins at 934-6474 (basketball jamboree); Rhonda Leland at 654-0420 (expo and musical); Dr. Zannie Leland Jr., 563-3020 (march and program).

“We are inviting all city and county officials, ministers and individuals of all denominations and races to participate in this historical event,” Dr. Leland said

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