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Community MLK Program Scheduled Sunday

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
January 12, 2024
Posted in: Announcements

McKeesport unit of the NAACP and a group of churches will host a community-wide program Sunday to celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The event begins at 4 p.m. at Zion Baptist Church, 1300 Locust St., and will include a mime performance, church choirs, and a short skit, said Brenda Sawyer, unit president.

The Rev. Richard W. Truss, pastor of Zion, will be the featured speaker. The theme of the event is “Dream the Impossible Dream.”

Light refreshments will be served. Other churches participating include Christ Temple AME, Trinity Church of God in Christ and Macedonia Baptist Church of Duquesne.

“We just want people to enjoy the evening and come together in prayer for the community,” Sawyer said, “and remember the dream.”

Mistress of Ceremonies Ashante Kirby said the organization’s mission is to promote unity.

“Our current goal is to build bridges within and throughout the McKeesport community, which is very similar to Dr. King’s dream – a dream that often times felts and still feels like an impossible dream,” Kirby said. “Our inaugural MLK celebration and the following MLK day of service encapsulate our pursuit of making all these dreams a reality for all.”

NAACP members will take part in a day of service on Monday at McKeesport Area Meals on Wheels, 1460 Cornell St. Volunteers will begin preparing food at 7:45 a.m., and delivery will begin as early as 9 a.m.

Area schools and the Carnegie Library of McKeesport will be closed on Monday in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.

All Allegheny County offices also will be closed on Monday. County parks, including the South Park ice rink and the Boyce Park snow tubing area, will be open if conditions and weather permit, a county spokesperson said.

Employees from the county’s Department of Human Services’ KEYS Service Corps will host other AmeriCorps groups, including COMPASS AmeriCorps, Pittsburgh HealthCorps, and Boys & Girls Club AmeriCorps members for a screening of the documentary “Teach Us All.” In the afternoon, KEYS members will be engaged in a service project at the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, a county spokesperson said.

In Pittsburgh, the Kelly Strayhorn Theatre will host the 17th annual Let Freedom Sing concert, which brings several area choirs together, at 7 p.m. Mikey Hood of KDKA-TV will serve as master of ceremonies.

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh will host events from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., including archival videos of King’s speeches throughout the day.

Originally published January 12, 2024.

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