Annual activities celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will begin on Saturday, January 19, with the 15th Annual Image Award Banquet at the Kosciusko High School Commons.
Image Award banquet
The MLK Commemoration Committee will honor a community member for pastoral leadership.
A social time has been set for 6:30 p.m. with the program following at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $20 and a table of six can be purchased for $110.
The birthday celebration and prayer service will be held on Monday, January 21, beginning at 1 p.m.
The Rev. Lee Carson, pastor of First Baptist Church (Jackson Street) will lead the prayer service at City Hall. The birthday celebration will be at 2 p.m. at the Kosciusko Junior High Auditorium with the Rev. Antonio Patterson as the keynote speaker.
The celebration is usually held in the morning but was changed due to the Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama.
Activities will conclude with the Middle Mississippi Inaugural Ball at the Oprah Winfrey Boys & Girls Club at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 youth, ages 5-17.
They may be obtained by contacting committee chairman Charlotte Miller at 547-6067 or co-chairman Gloria Hutchins at 290-0249.
Poster, essay contest
Students in Attala County and Kosciusko Schools have until January 17 to turn in entries for the poster and essay contest.
Students in grades pre-kindergarten through fifth grade are asked to read a book about King and create a poster using the theme “What does Dr. King’s dream mean to me?”
Students in sixth through 11th grade are asked to read a book on King and write a 300-350 word essay using the theme , “Dr. MLK’s dream is about freedom, love, and justice for all.”
Seniors are asked to read a book on King and write a 400-word essay using the same theme. One writer will receive a $500 scholarship to the college of their choice.
Awards will be presented at the birthday celebration.
For tickets or other information, contact Miller, Mary Harmon, Elizabeth Peteet or any committee member.