Programs scheduled to honor Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday

Published 2:50 pm Thursday, January 12, 2023

Alcorn State University President Dr. Felicia M. Nave will be the featured speaker for the 34th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Monday at the Vicksburg Convention Center, 1600 Dr. Briggs Hopson Jr. Blvd.

The breakfast is sponsored by the Omicron Rho Lambda Educational Foundation Inc. of Omicron Rho Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Scholarship award recipients and the community service recipient will be announced at the program. Tickets for this event are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.

Founded in 1906 at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., Alpha Phi Alpha is the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African American men.

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For more information, call Ben Brown at 601-218-2068 or visit https://oplambda.com.

The scholarship breakfast is one of two programs honoring Dr. King Monday.

The Vicksburg Branch of the NAACP will hold its 36th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Birthday Celebration at 6 p.m. at the Ardis T. Williams Sr. Auditorium on Monroe Street. NAACP President Bobbie Bingham Morrow said this year’s tribute will be different from previous years.

“We are going to pay tribute to Dr. King in songs,” she said, adding the music will be presented by the NAACP Vicksburg Branch Youth Choir.

“The majority of the program will be youth, but we’ll have the traditional greetings from the different commands in Vicksburg, the NAACP and Blacks in Government; for the most part, we’re going to be featuring the children.” She said a student will serve as master of ceremony and another student will light a candle in memory of King.

During the program, Morrow said, the students will introduce the songs and provide history in line with what was happening in the civil rights movement.

“It’s an opportunity to educate the children about Dr. King,” she said. “Since it’s a federal holiday, they need to know more about him, so we get them to say the words and hopefully it will stick with them. I think the community will get more involved if their children are up on that stage and have a part, too.

“We want people to come out, relax bring their families and just reflect on the actions of Dr. King.”

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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