Local events mark King's 85th birthday
Friday, January 17, 2014 10:00 AM
Several Courierarea events next week will mark the observance of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.
Dr. Adrienne Clark and Rev. Fred R. King will be guest speakers at ceremonies marking the birthday of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Wednesday would have been King's 85th birthday. He was 39 when he was fatally shot on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn.
Christ Temple Community Church in Madison will hold its first Martin Luther King Jr. Community program on Sunday with keynote speaker Adrienne Clark, a veterinarian who recently moved to Madison. She will be speaking on the theme of "Fulfilling the Dream" through education and socio-economic advancement.
Originally from Atlanta, Ga., Clark graduated from Xavier University in New Orleans with a bachelor's degree in biology in 2009. She received her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Purdue in 2013.
Clark and her husband, Evan, recently moved to Madison. She is an active member of Christ Temple Community Church.
The program, which begins at 4 p.m., will also feature remarks by Mayor Damon Welch and contemporary music by the Christ Temple Praise Team.
An Indiana University student will read a Martin Luther King Freedom poem and interesting facts on Martin Luther King Jr.'s life will also be shared during the 90-minute program at the church, 420 E. First St.
Trinity United Methodist Church, 412 W. Main St., will host a service on Monday. Rev. Fred R. King of Christ Temple Community Church will be the guest speaker for the event.
Fred King grew up and lived under the Jim Crow racial segregation laws in the 1960s, attending Birmingham public schools. After high school, he attended Tuskegee University in Alabama where he earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.
King joined Cummins before earning a degree in theology from Indiana Bible College and a master's degree in theology from Calvary Midwest Bible College.
In 1990, King became an ordained elder of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. He pastored at New & Living Way Community Church in North Vernon from 1997 to 2001.
A video will be shown at 11:30 a.m. before the service at Trinity begins at noon. The service is expected to last an hour with a light lunch served after the program. There will be a limited number of to-go bags available.
Monday also will be the start of a week of activities at Hanover College in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. All of the college's activities are open to the public.
The college's annual Marade begins at 3 p.m. Monday at the campus center. A poetry slam will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Haq Center. Race in Your Face: "Whispering Behind Closed Doors" will be presented at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Withrow Center.
Events continue on Thursday with the Bill and June Rodgers Social Justice Speaker Series. "Nuns on the Bus" founder Sister Simone Campbell will speak on "Peace, Social, Economic Justice" at 7 p.m. in the Lynn Center for Fine Arts Recital Hall.
The week of events will end with a movie night with the showing of Lee Daniels' "The Butler." The movie will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Classic Hall room 102.
City and county government offices in the Courierarea will be closed Monday for the national observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.