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The Williamson Branch of the NAACP and Youth Council, in partnership with Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, will present an ecumenical commemorative service at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, in observance of the birthday, life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The service will be at the Logan Street First Baptist Church in Williamson, the Rev. Gerald Dotson, pastor. This year marks the 33rd anniversary of the King holiday.

The Williamson Branch and Youth Council will embrace the 2019 theme of The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change - "King's Vision: Humanity Tied in A Single Garment of Destiny."

The King Center invites the public to participate in a variety of activities that reflect the spirit of inclusion, service, and brotherly love of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The theme underscores King's commitment to spreading love and peace among all of humanity even through the most trying times, "Nonviolence is absolute commitment to the way of love. Love is not emotional sentimentalism. It is the active pouring of one's whole being into the being of another."

Speaker will be the Elder Thomas E. Moore, pastor of Christ Temple Church in Williamson. He currently serves as the district elder of the West Virginia and East Tennessee Council of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Incorporated, and is vice president of the Williamson Branch NAACP.

The Rev. David Bell, a member of the local branch, will preside. He is pastor of the Mt. Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church in Red Jacket, W.Va., and president of the WV Baptist State Convention, Hill Top, W.Va.

Various others from the community will participate, with greetings anticipated from both the City of Williamson and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. Special music will be by guest soloists, and the memorial tribute will be led by the Youth Council.

The local NAACP celebrates a more than 20-year partnership with SWVCTC, insuring the success of this annual program as well as those during Black History Month and other events throughout the year.

The public is invited to attend the reception, which will follow the program.

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