WESTERN YORK COUNTY — A parade and other special observances are planned in area communities this weekend and Monday to honor the birthday of the late Martin Luther King Jr.
The events include:
• The city of York’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration breakfast, at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17 at York Comprehensive High School. Speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Sheila Elliott, pastor of the York St. James charge. Jerry Oates will provide music. Tickets are available at York City Hall for $10 each.
• The Western York County branch of the NAACP’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. parade, Saturday, Jan. 18, in downtown York. Lineup begins at 9 a.m. and the parade starts at 1 p.m. in the Whitesides Laundry parking lot. For information contact, Freddie Campbell, parade coordinator, at 704-813-6617 or Maurice Sanders, branch president, at 803-554-8666.
• The Roosevelt Community Watch’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration, at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20 at Jerusalem Baptist Church, Farris Road, Clover. Bishop Herbert C. Crump Jr. of Freedom Temple Ministries, Rock Hill, will speak.
• The Eta Alpha Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. will honor the legacy of King by donating a tree to Clover’s Roosevelt Community Park. A dedication ceremony will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20 at the park, 312 Mobley St., Clover. Roosevelt Community Park is named after Roosevelt High School, a school for African-American children during segregation.
Eta Alpha Omega also said it will donate a meal to a limited number of families in York and Chester counties. The chapter will provide the families with a prepared meal, gift card and financial literacy information. It plans to make a monetary donation to the youth program of the Stellie Jackson Enrichment Center in Clover to provide a meal following their participation in the Roosevelt Community Watch MLK Day of Service program.
The Eta Alpha Omega chapter is making an effort to expand its service beyond Rock Hill and serve communities represented by their membership.
“As residents of Clover, we think it’s important that our community and young people see positive images and local people doing the right thing, building the community, and overcoming circumstances”, said chapter member Ann Alexander.
For more information about the group, visit www.rockhillaka.com.