The holiday activities in Charleston begin on Thursday, January 13 and Friday, January 14 with a storytelling presentation for school children by nationally acclaimed storyteller, Mary Carter Smith, held at the Cultural Center. On January 15, the Cultural Center hosts "The Saturday Evening Gala" at 7:00 p.m. The Gala features a performance of "Conversation between Martin and Malcolm,' by Reverend Ron English and Reverend Emanuel Heylinger as well as performances by the Greenbrier East High School Show Choir, the Alderson Dance Ensemble, Mary Carter Smith, and jazz musician Bob Thompson. The mistress of ceremonies for the evening is singer-storyteller, Ilene Evans of Tucker County. A reception will follow in the Great Hall.
Celebration activities continue on Monday, January 17 with a service at the Asbury Methodist Church on Elizabeth Street in Charleston at 10:00 a.m. The service will be followed by a symbolic march to the Capitol Complex for the Bell Ringing Ceremony at the Liberty Bell on the North Portico at noon. An awards ceremony will follow at the Cultural Center at 1:00 p.m. Among those honored will be the student winners of the Project on Racism Essay Contest: Cory Leonard, Harrison County; Mikita Weaver, Brooke County and Sam Harris, Monongalia County. In addition to the essay contest winners, individuals will be honored for their commitment to the principles and ideals characterizing Martin Luther King, Jr. in his pursuit of social change through the "Living the Dream" Awards. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.
For additional information on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration activities, contact Nancy Herholdt, the Division of Culture and History, at 304-558-0220, ext. 126.
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