Weekend events will celebrate King’s legacy
By Rita Howell
The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is Monday, but local activities to commemorate the civil rights leader begin tonight. A basketball jamboree in the Batesville Junior HIgh School gym will begin at 5 p.m. Dennis Hoskins is coordinating the event and can be contacted at 934-6474 for information.
On Saturday, a Black Business Expo is planned at the Patton Lane Community Center from noon until 5 p.m. Marlon Coleman is coordinating the expo and can be contacted at 267-8611 for information.
On Sunday, an MLK Commemoration Musical will be presented at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Sardis at 6 p.m. Contact Rhonda Leland at 654-0420 for information.
On Monday clergy and community leaders are invited to attend a breakfast and prayer service at 8 a.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church on Panola Ave. Groups planning to participate in the King Day march are asked to assemble at Mt. Zion at 9 a.m. They are asked to prepare banners with the theme for this year’s celebration: “Living the Legacy of a Dream Fulfilled.” The march will begin at 10 a.m. and will proceed from Mt. Zion Church to the Batesville Square and on to Batesville Intermediate School where a program will begin at 11 a.m. in the auditorium. The speaker will be the Rev. Bartholomew Orr, pastor of Brown Baptist Church in Southaven.
For information about the march and commemoration service, contact the Rev. Zannie Leland at 563-3020.
To wind up the King Day observance, a gospel music program is planned at the Transformation Christian Center in the Gateway Shopping Center in Batesville. The program begins at 6 p.m. and will feature Lee Williams and the Spiritual QC’s. The event will honor four local citizens for their community service. The honorees are Lillie Hoskins, Belinda Morris, the Rev. Zannie Leland and the Rev. Terry Townsend.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Call 609-4132 for tickets and information.