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Numerous events to honor MLK

on Tuesday, 14 January 2020. Posted in News, Arts & Culture, Local News

Numerous events to honor MLK
A portrait of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., drawn by Endia McWhite, a junior at South Florence High School. Her art teacher is Carolina Doughty.

Numerous events to honor MLK

The 21st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day March and Rally sponsored by the Florence Community Development Agency will take place Monday, January 20.

Marchers will gather at 9 a.m. at Shekinah Glory Seventh Day Adventist Church, located at 803 Oakland Ave. The march will begin promptly at 9 a.m. The route follows Oakland Ave. to the MLK Jr. Bridge. Marchers will pause for a moment of prayer and reflection before continuing the march on West Cheves Street. The march will conclude at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center. 

A brief program will be held at the PAC center following the march.

According to Lashonda Nesmith of the Florence Community Development Agency, between 300 and 400 people participated in last year’s march.

“Each year it seems to get bigger,” she said.

Florence NAACP

The Florence Branch NAACP will sponsor its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative celebration Monday at Trinity Baptist Church. The program is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

The Rev. Merritt B. Graves, Pastor of Mt. Zion AME Church in Florence will serve as guest speaker for the occasion. The theme of the program is “The Beloved Community: The Fierce Urgency Of Now.”

Trinity Baptist Church is located at 124 W. Darlington St. The Rev. Dr. Calvin Robinson serves as pastor of the congregation.

For information, contact Florence NAACP Branch President Jerry Keith Jr. at (843) 673-0693, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any questions.

Francis Marion

Francis Marion University’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King celebration will be held Thursday on FMU’s campus.

The event includes a commemorative candlelight march and a special program of word and music. This year’s keynote speaker is the Rev. Dr. Calvin Robinson Jr., pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Florence.

The public is invited to participate in both the march and to attend the program. The march begins at 6:15 p.m. at the Wallace House and covers approximately a half mile to Chapman Auditorium, site of the program.

The program will feature special music by FMU’s Young, Gifted and Blessed Choir and select FMU students, and the address by Robinson.

Kingdom Living Temple

Kingdom Living Temple will host a Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Sunday at 4 p.m.

The Rev. Leo Woodberry, pastor of Kingdom Temple, will be speaking along with others guest speakers. Singers and praise dancers will perform. Refreshments will be served.

Kingdom Living Temple is located at 705 South Irby. For additional information, call (843) 799.0740.

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