MACOMB — Mount Calvary Church of God in Christ will host its 24th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative March and Day of Remembrance celebration on Monday, Jan. 20.

The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. on the east side of the McDonough County Courthouse, in Macomb, with a symbolic march from the courthouse to Mt. Calvary Church of God in Christ, located at 1500 E. Pierce St. in Macomb.

GoWest will provide transportation for community members who would like to join the marchers but are unable to walk the route.

Mt. Calvary’s Elder Allen Henderson said, “We are excited to be able to host the MLK March and program. We have been hosting this event for 24 years and it has always been considered a community event that allows us to come together and honor a great man.”

Following the march, refreshments will be served at the church, where the Day of Remembrance program will start at 11 a.m. The guest speaker for this year's event is Earl Bracey, Esq. Bracey is known for his local activism and advocacy for Western students on and off campus. He retired from Western Illinois University after 35 years of service, where he worked in several positions including associate vice president for student services.

“We are grateful for the nearly 25 years that Mt. Calvary Church of God in Christ has been the sponsor for bringing this community-wide event together,” said Macomb Mayor Mike Inman. “This annual event gives the Macomb area a great opportunity to celebrate Dr. King's legacy, his profound belief in non-violent activism, and to remind ourselves and our community of the need to be a diverse and inclusive community.”

Henderson said, “As in past years, the community and local leaders have been invited to attend this event and I’m thankful that many community members and leaders have expressed their plans to participate, including Macomb’s Mayor Mike Inman, Illinois State Representative Norine Hammond, McDonough County NAACP President Byron Oden-Shabazz, Macomb Police Chief Curt Barker, McDonough Co. Sheriff Nick Pettigout, Macomb Fire Chief Rick Driskell, and a representative for WIU Interim President Dr. Martin Abraham.”

“The church is also thankful to Ms. Sondra Mosley, the Office of the Mayor, Hy-Vee, and GoWest for their support and contributions to this year’s event,” Henderson said. “These contributions help make the event possible and demonstrate partnerships in our community that are reflective of the unity that Dr. King envisioned.”

The Dr. King Day Celebration is free and open to the public. For more information, call Henderson at 309-252-1162.

 

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