Martin Luther King Jr.

MLK Celebration of Terrell, Inc., an organization that focuses on promoting the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is inviting everyone to attend a Monday evening program honoring Dr. King’s legacy and celebrating his birthday at the Jamie Foxx Performing Arts Center at 6:00 p.m. 

The event will be focused on honoring and remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for his message, his method and his influence on the culture by recognizing Terrell High School Seniors with scholarships and presenting awards to community leaders, influencers and volunteers who embody the message of Dr. King’s nonviolent protest of inequality. 

The MLK Celebration will also feature creative and musical performances from interpretive dance to chorales and ensembles. 

Coordinator of the MLK Celebration and Pastor of Union Valley Baptist Church Ed Johnson said that the Terrell based organization is striving to reach the entire community of Terrell with the message of Dr. King through the students they provide scholarships and through local citizens and leaders of Terrell. 

“Not only do we plan and organize the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration, but our major goal is to promote Dr. King’s legacy,” said Pastor Johnson. “The main thrust of our organization is to promote education and to help assist young people in helping them obtain the American dream. We believe education is that avenue along with the promotion of persons and their service in the community.” 

Each year, the organization makes a point to provide as many scholarships to outgoing Seniors of Terrell High School. Last year, the MLK Celebration of Terrell, Inc. gave five $1000 scholarships to outgoing Seniors preparing to go to college.  

“In order to receive the scholarship, the person must complete the application, and in the application you do an essay on the things that you’ve done in the community … and also they have to have good grades and academic achievements. We have a scholarship committee that reviews each and every one.” 

This year, the program will feature awards for service by Serenity Church on Grove Avenue, The Breezy Hill Park Association, The First Christian Church and the Terrell Tigerettes. Also, a special category known as the Spirit of Dr. King Award will be posthumously awarded to Johnny C. Holmes, a citizen of Terrell who built homes in the area and provided community service to countless residents of Terrell. Holmes also served in the Terrell Ministers Union Bread Basket. Holmes recently passed away. 

Johnson added that the program is to not only recognize unsung heroes of the community and those who are quietly serving behind the scenes, but also to engage youth and families so the legacy of Dr. King is never forgotten. 

“That’s what our organization is about … promoting and keeping the life and legacy of Dr. King,” said Johnson. “We want our children, all children, to remember Dr. King and celebrate … not forget,” said Johnson.

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