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Events set for MLK holiday celebration

January 13, 2011

SDN Staff Reports

The community is gearing up for its annual celebration of the holiday commemorating the birthday of slain civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Starting on Saturday, a spiritual comedy play — “I Love You but
You’re Married” will be held in the auditorium at the Greensboro Center, which is located at 401 Greensboro St.
Tickets cost $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Contact any member of the Rising Star Lodge No.31 at 662-617-1643 for tickets or information.
At 7 p.m. Sunday, the NAACP will sponsor a joint “Celebrating Unity” worship service following the theme, “Look, Where the Lord has Brought Us,” at Aldersgate United Methodist Church locate on Evergreen Street just across from Sudduth School time
Guest Speaker for this service will be the Rev. Lee Brand Jr and the Mass Choir of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.
On Monday, Mississippi State will host the annual King Day Unity Breakfast beginning at 7 a.m. in the Foster Ballroom on the second floor of the Colvard Student Union. The keynote speaker will be Dolphus Weary, president emeritus of Mission Mississippi, an organization dedicated to racial reconciliation through Christian unity.
During the day Monday, the Volunteer Starkville organization will be hosting a community service day, with volunteers working to improve facilities for OSERVS (Oktibbeha-Starkville Emergency Response Volunteer Services) and the Palmer Home for Children Thrift Store, as well as assisting with the continued cleanup from the Dec. 1 tornado at The Pines Mobile Home Park.
Concluding the events will be the annual King Day March and Rally beginning at 1:30 p.m. Monday.
The march will begin at the north end of Dr. Douglas Conner Drive, cross Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (Highway 182) and continue on to the Rally at the Courthouse Annex. The speaker for the rally is still to be announced.

Community service day planned as part of King holiday observance

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”
Volunteer Starkville will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. Day by serving the community on Monday. The efforts of volunteers will be put into cleaning and organizing businesses in the Starkville community.
Volunteers will be serving at two non-profit organizations, the Palmer Home Thrift Store and Oktibbeha-Starkville Emergency Response Volunteer Services (OSERVS).
Volunteers will also be helping residents in the The Pines Mobile Home Park with their cleanup process.
OSERVS and The Pines Mobile Home Park will need help outside their facilities, so volunteers are urged to bring gardening tools. The Palmer Home Thrift Store needs help cleaning and organizing space inside.
“We’re anxious for people to get involved with our new office and this is an excellent opportunity to see it up close and work with some of our emergency response volunteers. It is such an important service to the community and we appreciate everyone who is willing to help us, whether pulling weeds or working during disasters,” said Becky Wilkes, OSERVS director.
Volunteer Starkville leaders would like to invite members of the community to participate in the service day. Organizers say this is a great opportunity for the community to come together and help organizations make it a better place to work, live, and give back to other organizations, said Elizabeth Du Bois, chief coordinator of Volunteer Starkville.
“We are very excited about MLK Day of Service being our first event of the New Year. Dr. King believed in making our communities a better place to live, so what better day to serve our community than on his holiday,” said Du Bois.
Also, Volunteer Starkville members will be handing out free T-shirts to the volunteers serving on this day. We look forward to seeing all the volunteers come out to serve the community Jan. 17.
For more information on how to sign up to serve our community for MLK Day of Service 2011, visit the website at http://www.volunteerstarkville.org.

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