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WHEELING, WV -

 

Wheeling Jesuit University will be hosting the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day community celebration Jan. 19 and 20. All activities are open to the public.
Starting at 1 p.m. Jan. 19, a public march commemorating the original Civil Rights Marches led by King in the 1960's will depart from Temple Shalom on Bethany Pike and proceed onto National Road and then to Washington Avenue, ending at the Chapel of Mary and Joseph at WJU.
"We have been marking the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King for decades here at Wheeling Jesuit. It will be a joy to watch those who will take part in this year's celebration," said Helen Faso, WJU dean for the College of Health Sciences and MLK committee member.
 
Immediately after the short chapel service, a luncheon will be in Wheeling Jesuit's Benedum Room. The cost of lunch is $3.
Sunday's events will wrap up with a 4 p.m. church service at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, located at 141 Kruger St., Wheeling. The interfaith service is open to all denominations.
Jan. 20 events begin with a 9 a.m. breakfast for school-age children in the Laughlin Memorial Chapel, located at 129 1/2 -18th St. in Wheeling. The MLK breakfast will be followed by children's educational programs and will finish with a noontime luncheon.
"This is our second year doing this breakfast at the Chapel and we enjoy celebrating the legacy of Dr. King with area children and educating them by having fun too," said Rev. Marci Allen, executive director of Laughlin Chapel.
At 2 p.m., in the WJU Troy Theater, the annual YWCA MLK essay contest ceremony will take place. Students from across Ohio County who were local winners in this year's MLK essay contest will present their written reflections. The program also will include performances of song and dance by youth groups from the area. The Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. awards will be presented to individuals who have made important or significant contributions to the community.
"The people in the Ohio Valley have always marked Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day with dignity and respect. In July 2012, the city of Wheeling named a section of Stone Boulevard in downtown "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way" to honor of a man who did so much for civil rights. That just goes to show how much our Ohio Valley cares about Dr. King and his impact around the world," said Rev. Darrell Cummings.
For information, contact Faso at 304-243–2445 or hmfaso@wju.edu.