Danielle Ponder, a Greater Rochester musician, attorney and social activist, will deliver the keynote talk at Wayne County’s 31st annual observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 15 at Park Presbyterian Church, 110 Maple Court, Newark.
Wayne County has celebrated the day since its national inception in 1987 as a result of the leadership of Wayne Action for Racial Equality.
John Joyce, the Rev. Ivory Simmons, the Rev. Vera Alford, Pastor Earl Greene, Elva Robinson and Pat Hall annually organize the day to embrace King’s dream of building social bridges that create community and recognize the need to enhance the lives of county residents by overcoming discrimination and racism.
The 2018 event is divided into three segments.
Justice Organization for Youth will lead a youth leadership workshop for middle and high school students from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Attendees will learn how to transform personal experiences of discrimination and bias into foundational leadership using youth theater as a vehicle. JOY will perform its original play during the main MLK program in the afternoon.
The commemorative march will walk through Newark streets starting at noon to symbolize King’s message of action to resist racism and social injustice. Area organizations will use table displays and professionals inside the church to share services that tackle social challenges in support of community.
Ponder will join gospel choirs and performers in celebrating King’s legacy from 1 to 3 p.m. Attendees will eat dinner after the program.
Newark Rotary Club and Park Presbyterian members will assist and support the day’s events. Visit bit.ly/2ezYrrC for information.