Dublin Villager

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Celebration includes service project


Dublin will remember the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with speakers, music and community service.

The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, themed "Now is the Time ... We're Marching!" is slated for 11 a.m. to noon Monday, Jan. 20, in the Abbey Theater in the Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Road, with a service project to follow.

The Dublin Coffman High School Jazz Band, gospel choir of New Salem Missionary Baptist Church and Dublin Student Choir will provide music for the event.

Senior Dalton Maynard will be one of the masters of ceremonies.

For the program, students from each high school will speak.

"Each high school is asked to find students to speak," said Deb Maynard, event organizer and Coffman High School intervention specialist.

This year's student speakers include Coffman seniors Kwabena Amponsah and Thomas Solomon, Jerome sophomore Olivia Turk and Scioto sophomore Nykee Scruggs.

The keynote speaker is Sam Gresham, former director of the Columbus Urban League.

The event will be followed by a service project that will have volunteers making blankets for chemotherapy patients.

"We want young people to learn (King's) mission and what he was about," Maynard said. "We want to do community service. That's in his teachings."

Community service was added to the event a few years ago and Maynard said King thought it was something anyone and everyone should do.

Dublin Volunteer Coordinator Christine Nardecchia has helped the organizers with volunteer projects over the past few years, and will this year provide materials to make blankets for chemotherapy patients.

"As the community volunteer coordinator, she knows what the community needs," Maynard said.

"In the past when she told us the food pantry needed food, we made that our mission."