Plans set for Martin Luther King Day celebrations

Sue Guinn Legg • Jan 12, 2020 at 7:21 PM

Carver Recreation Center has announced plans for its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day events for the community.

The memorial celebration honoring the slain civil rights leader will begin Saturday with a prayer breakfast and continue on the Monday holiday with Storytime activities for children and an evening dinner and awards ceremony.

This year’s prayer breakfast will be held from 8:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the city’s Memorial Park Community Center at 510 Bert St.

The keynote speaker will be Bishop William M. Halloway, pastor of Living Stones Ministry Church of God of Chattanooga. Music will be provided by Talia Rogers and the group We Sing His Praise. Jason Carson, of Thankful Baptist Church, will present an artistic expression.

Tickets for the breakfast are $15 per person or $100 for a table for eight.

The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Storytime event, presented in partnership with the East Tennessee State University Multicultural Center, will be held from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at the Carver Recreation Center at 322 W. Watauga Ave.

The program will include a drumming circle led by the Rev. Vincent Dial, storytelling and variety of arts and crafts projects organized by volunteers from the Multicultural Center in honor of King’s legacy of service to others. The program is free and all children are welcome.

The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Dinner will be held from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at the Carver Recreation Center. 

Pastor Pamela Hoard, of Russell Chapel AME Zion Church of Rogersville, will be the special guest speaker and Pheben Kassahun will serve as master of ceremonies.

The program will include the induction of the recreation center’s 2020 Hall of Fame honorees — Sherman Darrell “Pappy” Crowe, the late teacher, coach and umpire who served as director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Johnson City and Elizabethton for several decades; and the late Dr. Angela Radford Lewis, vice provost and special assistant to the president for strategic initiatives at East Tennessee State University.

A special remembrance will be presented in honor of the late Ralph Davis, president of the Johnson City/Washington County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and NAACP State Conference area director for East Tennessee, and his wife, the late Goldine King Davis.

Community service honors will be presented to several area businesses in recognition of their support for the recreation center and its programs.

The menu will include meat loaf, roast chicken, collard greens, pinto beans, macaroni and cheese, salad, tea, lemonade and desserts. The dinner is free and everyone is welcome.