Wayne County for Racial Equality will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day with its annual celebration Jan. 16 at Park Presbyterian Church, 110 Maple Court, Newark.

This year’s theme, “Building Bridges to Create Community,” embraces King’s dream of building social bridges that create community and recognize the need to enhance the lives of Wayne County residents by overcoming discrimination and racism.

A youth leadership conference for area middle and high school students will build confidence and communication skills necessary to lead integrated, multicultural groups toward mutual respect from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

A commemorative march at noon will symbolize the marches King led in the name of social justice. Several community organizations will present their missions and answer questions.

The main celebration program will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Keynote speaker Jonathan Perkins, of Geneva’s Mount Calvary Church of God in Christ, will be joined by area gospel singers and performers to celebrate King’s legacy. Attendees will enjoy a dinner afterward.

Members of Park Presbyterian Church, Newark Rotary Club and youth volunteers will assist with hosting and welcoming activities throughout the day.

For more information, call 585-967-8687 or email jwood6923@gmail.com.