The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Salina celebration in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. began Monday with a request of the Salina City Commission to proclaiming January 21, 2019, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Day in the City of Salina. Ramona Malone, Martin Luther King ad hoc committee member, read the proclamation at the commission meeting, prior to it being approved.
A Community Potluck Dinner is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Saturday in Sunrise Presbyterian Church, 825 E. Beloit. Participants are asked to bring a dish to share. Drinks and tableware will be provided.
The Citywide Celebration is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Sunday in Sunrise Presbyterian Church. According to information from the celebration planning committee, the program is scheduled to include the following.
- Welcome by Pastor Martha Murchison
- St. John’s Military School cadets
- Presentations from various individuals, churches, and Salina/Saline County first responders
- The Cultural Crawl exhibit (recently at the Salina Art Center)
- Music provided by the Salina Youth Choir, Sunrise Presbyterian Chancel Choir, and NAACP matriarch, Cora Williams
The celebration week is scheduled to conclude Monday with the MLK youth program at noon Monday in St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church, 215 S. Chicago.