Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration Jan. 15
January 03, 2011
People of all ages are invited to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 82nd birthday on Saturday, Jan. 15, at an inspiring musical tribute featuring singers, dancers and speakers. The free, public performance begins at 6 p.m. in Centennial Hall, 3703 7th Ave.
The celebration will include performances by Imani! Dance Studio, the Augustana Gospel Choir, the Community Gospel Chorus, and the Westbrook Singers. Pastor Mark Anderson, associate dean of student services at Augustana and the lead coordinator of the celebration, promises a fun, fast-moving program for the whole family.
The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration has a long history in the Quad Cities. Originally an event sponsored by the NAACP, the celebration now is organized each year by Augustana College and the Dr. King Celebration committee to honor the life and vision of one of America's great leaders. The event will be especially meaningful this year because it actually falls on King's birthday.
"This event is about celebrating our community," Anderson said. "It is not just about one person making a difference, but the power of our one community. It is about bringing together our different faiths and cultures and ethnicities from the Quad Cities."
King has always been one of Anderson's personal heroes, so leading the celebration is particularly meaningful for him. "I'm from the Quad Cities and went to college here and now work here," he said. "Leading the King celebration is a chance for me to give back to the community that has given me so much."
Anderson hopes that audience members enjoy the performance, but also come away with an important message. "I hope that folks are inspired to make a difference," he said. "And not just inspired, but motivated to go out and change something."
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