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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy will be honored Monday.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

The legacy and lessons of Martin Luther King Jr. — including equality for all and nonviolence — will be the subjects of activities and events locally on Monday.

That is the national holiday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, designated to honor and remember the civil rights leader who was assassinated in 1968.

Following is a schedule of area events planned to mark the day:


• The Spencer-Ridgeway area Martin L. King Jr. Day teach-in will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Monday at Mayo Missionary Baptist Church. Registration will begin at 8:15 a.m.

The theme is “Celebrating 50 Years: Moving Forward in Unity.” The teach-in will feature classes for all ages; an oratorical contest titled “Moving Forward in Unity” for elementary, middle and high school students and adults; door prizes; and a light lunch.

The host churches are Mayo and Meadow Christian Church. Other sponsors include Antioch Baptist, Antioch Christian, Christian View, High Ridge, Mt. Olive East Christian, Mt. Zion, Mountain View, New Hope, New Light and Shiloh (Fieldale) Baptist Churches. A collection of new blankets will be taken to donate to a local group.

Mayo Missionary Baptist Church is located at 3554 Horsepasture-Price Road, Ridgeway.

• Agape Bible Christian Fellowship will host “To Dream, To Speak, To Engage: Our Commitment to Civil Rights & Social Justice Issues” at 10 a.m. Monday. The guest panelists will be Dr. Joyce Glaise, Pastor David Gilleran, Dr. Lewis Waller and Minister Daniel Wilson. Dr. C. Lee Hagwood is the host pastor. Lunch will be served. The church is located at 240 E. Market St., Martinsville.

• Star of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church will hold a teach-in, “Remembering the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King,” from 10 a.m. to noon Monday. Lunch will be served.

• Other teach-ins will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Monday at Morning Star Holy Church, St. Paul High Street Baptist Church and First Presbyterian Church.

Walk for peace

• A walk and event called “Stop The Violence” will be held from 9 a.m. until after noon in Sandy Level. It will begin with a walk departing at 9 a.m. from the Cross Road Baptist Church (formerly a store) on Axton Road. It will conclude at St. John Baptist Church, where participants will have reflections, performances and activities. The event will conclude with lunch served at noon.

Interested participants can park at St. John Baptist Church, 7470 Axton Road, and ride to Cross Road Baptist Church to begin the walk. The two churches are about 3?4 mile away from each other on Axton Road, said organizer Garrett Dillard, but the walk will cover about 11?2 to 2 miles.


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