Celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. January 20, 2014

Dr. Martin luther king picThere are several opportunities to be inspired by the life of  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as we observe Martin Luther King Jr Day, January 20, 2014.

Barbara Cross to speak at Townsend Center 

Monday, January 20, 2014, 7:00 a.m.,  Barbara Cross will be speaking at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration Breakfast at  at Townsend Center in Richmond.  Barbara moved to Birmingham Alabama as a child in 1962 when her father was called to be a pastor at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.  In 1963 their church was bombed, while she sat in her Sunday School class, and four little girls were killed that day.

Barbara has been a guest on Montel and Oprah along with many other speaking engagements.  She also appeared along with her father in Spike Lee’s oscar-nominated documentary “4 Little Girls”.   For breakfast reservations and more information contact: Sheila Armstead at 765-973-8534.  Cost for the breakfast is 10.00/person.

Luncheon Speaker

Barbara Cross will also be speaking at the Townsend Community Center’s Martin Luther King Day Salad Luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m ., sponsored by IU East and Ivy Tech.   Townsend is located at 855 N. 12th Street, Richmond IN.    Local talent will also perform during this event.

Earlham College Hosts:

Dr. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons: “The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Our Leaders Chose to Forget”

mlk dr gwendolyn zoharah simmonsJanuary 20, 2014 at 7:00 p.m., according to the Earlham events office, their MLK Jr. Day speaker is “Dr. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, Assistant Professor of the African American Studies Program and the Department of Religion for the University of Florida. She has a long history in the area of civil rights, human rights and peace work. In her early years, Dr. Simmons was active with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and spent seven years working on voters registration and desegregation activities in Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama during the height of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s. Dr. Simmons is a recipient of the Rosa Parks Quiet Courage Award.”   This event is open to the public.  Admission is free.  For more information contact the Earlham College Events office.

If you are hosting or know of any further MLK Day events, please post them in the comments below.