By Becky Killian, Editor
Speeches, prayers and songs will be a part of the Tri-County’s celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday that will be celebrated Monday.
In London, the Laurel County African-American Heritage Center will host a day of events that begin at 10 a.m. in the London Community Center on Main Street, according to the center’s CEO, Wayne Riley. Gospel singing will begin at 2 p.m. and, at 5:15 p.m., participants will gather at the Laurel County Courthouse where, after an opening prayer, Laurel County Judge/Executive David Westerfield and London Mayor Troy Rudder will deliver a welcome. After a short speech by Logan Ellington, participants will march back to the community center while singing, “This Little Light of Mine.”
At the community center, participants will pray and hear scripture readings and songs. Singers include Jake Ravizee, an ordained minister, evangelist, revivalist and vocalist from Lynch who has ministered for about 32 years. The main speaker will be the Rev. Andrew Baskin, who is the pastor of Hamilton Chapel Baptist Church in Flat Lick. He is also the chairman and associate professor of African and African American Studies at Berea College.
Union College will observe the holiday during its spring convocation at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Conway Boatman Chapel. The speaker Colmon Elridge III, executive assistant to Gov. Steve Beshear, is the keynote speaker.
Elridge will present “The Righteousness of Servant Leadership.”
In addition to being one of the youngest members of a governor’s senior staff in Kentucky history, he became the first African-American to be elected executive vice president of the Young Democrats of America in 2011. In 2010, he was appointed to finish the term for then-Executive Vice President Rod Snyder. He has also served as vice president for the Young Democrats of America.
In his work with Beshear’s office, Elridge is credited with helping to create and implement initiatives concerning children’s health insurance, eradicating high school dropouts and forging relationships between the public sector and faith-based communities.
Elridge is a native of Cynthiana.
The convocation is open to the public.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday, is Monday. As a result, there will be no mail delivery and no issue of the Times-Tribune. Subscribers will receive the next edition in the mail on Tuesday and copies will be available for sale at newstands.
Also as a result of the holiday, some government offices may be closed.
In the Tri-County, city offices in London, Barbourville, Corbin and Williamsburg will be closed as will county offices in Knox, Laurel and Whitley counties.
In Corbin, residents whose trash is usually picked up on Monday will have trash pickup on Tuesday. Trash should be placed curbside by 7 a.m. that day.