Several events scheduled to honor MLK

Published 9:29 am Monday, January 12, 2015

MLK: Sylvester Walker kneels in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. monument at Martin Luther King Blvd. and First North St. Events are planned to honor the late civil rights activist on Jan. 19 and Feb. 21.

MLK: Sylvester Walker kneels in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. monument at Martin Luther King Blvd. and First North St. Events are planned to honor the late civil rights activist on Jan. 19 and Feb. 21.

 One week from today the nation will celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, and events honoring the late civil rights leader are scheduled for Vicksburg.

A prayer breakfast is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m., Jan 19, at the Vicksburg Convention Center, 1600 Mulberry St. Dr. Alfred Rankins Jr., the president of Alcorn State University, will be the guest speaker, said Annette Kirklin, executive director of the VCC. Reservations for the breakfast are required. For more information, call 601-630-2929.

Beginning at noon, the public is invited to attend a Martin Luther King service day where volunteers will clean debris, remove litter and beautify the MLK area located at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and First North St., Angela Turner said, who is the Community Development Housing Coordinator.

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“The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the Project Alpha Leadership Club will be working on the monument as a community service project,” said Turner.

The groups will also be planting flower bulbs that will bloom in the spring, she said.

For more information, call 601-218-0402.

From 6 to 8 p.m. at the Vicksburg City Auditorium, 901 Monroe St., a celebration honoring Dr. King is planned, John Shorter said.

The guest speaker for the free event will be Dr. Ed King.

King, who is a Vicksburg native, was a major figure in the civil rights movement and is the author of “Mississippi: Behind the Scenes of Freedom Summer,” which features more than forty unpublished black-and-white photographs and substantial writings by King.

For more information call 601-636-4511.

In lieu of the annual MLK parade, beginning at 1 p.m. Feb. 21 during Black History month, a walk from the Old Court House to the MLK site is planned.

“I want the day to mean something more than a parade,” said Sylvester Walker, who is the founder and organizer of the local MLK parade, which has been held in downtown Vicksburg for the past 10 years.

“A parade is not enough for Dr. King because of what is going on the world,” he said.

“I want the parade route to change from downtown to a walk for peace,” Walker said.

“This will not be a walk with hands-up,” he said referring to protest marches that have recently occurred in other communities.

Walker said he feels like the Vicksburg residents and local police get along well and wants Vicksburg to set an example for other communities.

“Our police are here to protect us, and we are to obey the law,” he said.

Walker said the walk would lead to the MLK site at Martin Luther King Blvd. and First North St., and like the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the Project Alpha Leadership Club, he wants to focus attention on the MLK site.

“Many people don’t know we have a site here, and we want people to know,” he said.

An upgrade to the existing monument is scheduled to be unveiled, and Walker hopes that he will be able to fly his multicultural flag he designed.

After the unveiling and clean-up, the walk will continue to Main Street, Walker said.

Walker said he encourages all church and social groups to participate. For more information, call 601-678-8263.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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