ThomasMADISONVILLE, Ky. (1/9/19) — A community wreath laying ceremony to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is set for 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21 at the Larry Carney Center in Madisonville.

Hopkins County leader and event organizer Tim Thomas said the 28th annual wreath posting will also feature keynote speaker Rev. Kenneth Walker, pastor of Branch Street Church of Christ in Madisonville, followed by a word from the city mayor. Madisonville North Hopkins High School Chorus will sing during the ceremony.

Madisonville Mayor Kevin Cotton and Hopkins County Judge-Executive Jack Whitfield proclaimed Jan. 21 as MLK Day this week.

“The work of Dr. Martin Luther King is still as important today as it was during the Civil Rights Movement,” Thomas said. “We’re living in a society, where we are seeing so much division among people, and it is important for each of us to reevaluate ourselves and try to live up to the dream Dr. King had in our country, and keep that dream alive.”

In addition, Thomas mentioned the 36th Annual MLK Celebration set for 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, will draw a crowd of up to 500 people at Byrnes Auditorium in Madisonville.

“We will have two outstanding speakers,” he said. “This celebration is slated as one of the largest MLK events in the commonwealth.”

The theme is “Emerging New Leadership through Cultural Diversity,” with keynote speakers Dr. Alissa Young, president of Hopkinsville Community College, and Apostle Garfield Curlin, pastor of All Nations House of Prayer in Hopkinsville.

Performances by community choirs including Hopkins County Central High School Chorus, regional youth praise teams, gospel soloists and other talent is on the schedule. HCCHS JROTC Honor Guard along with presentations from Madisonville Police Department and Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office are planned.

The 2019 Essays/Visual Arts Contest K-12 winners will be announced. Doors open 1 p.m., with free admission. Love offerings will be accepted to support the Madisonville Community College MLK Scholarship Fund.

Thomas said two MCC students will be highlighted and each awarded $1,500 MLK scholarships.

A celebration of King's life will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20 at Eastview Baptist Church, Madisonville.

Byrnes Auditorium is located at 750 Laffoon St. on MCC’s Health Campus.

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