Various bodies holding MLK Day events

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Monday will mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and multiple organizations will hold events honoring King’s impact.

The Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs and the Martin Luther King Jr. State Holiday Commission will hold their annual service on Monday. The service will be virtual; the public can watch the event on the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs’ YouTube page at 9:30 a.m. or West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s West Virginia Channel at 7 p.m.

Marshall University will present “Lest We Forget … Memorable MLK Letters and Speeches” on Monday. The program will feature speakers reading several of King’s speeches and letters, as well as remarks from President Brad Smith and Vice President for Student Affairs Maurice Cooley.

“Dr. King is among the widest and most spiritually gifted humans ever,” he said.

Monday’s event will begin at 6 p.m. Marshall University will broadcast the event on its Facebook page.

“The title of our program, ‘Lest We Forget,’ has its origin in the very scripture that he often taught us from. We must not forget serious history and matters that have occurred in the past, if we have hope of preparing ourselves for the future. We are pleased to offer some of his most memorable, but lesser-known, speeches and letters, as eloquent and moving as those that are common.”

West Virginia University’s Center for Black Culture and Research and Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion held an event Friday honoring King. The bodies presented Delegate Danielle Walker, D-Monongalia, with their MLK Achievement Award.

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