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January 11, 2016

Mt. Zion organizes 27th annual MLK day celebration

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The Martin Luther King Jr. community choir will perform at Monday's celebration at Highland School.
Fauquier County citizens will commemorate the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 18.

Mt. Zion Baptist Church will host their 27th annual MLK community celebration, 1 p.m. Monday at Highland School.

Pastor Leonard Smith from Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Arlington will deliver the keynote address “Equality – If Not Now, When.”

The Martin Luther King Jr. community choir led by Reverend Lemuel Montgomery and “Voices of Light” a capella group will perform traditional and contemporary spirituals.

Over 25 years ago the Rev. Moyer Foddrell Jr. started the annual celebration, which became a community tradition and outgrew Mt. Zion, on Warrenton’s South Third Street.

The annual event draws hundreds of people to the Rice Theatre at Highland for music, speeches and awards.

Outstanding individuals and groups will receive awards in the following categories:

• Religion
• Community service
• Business
• Political action
• Education
• Youth
• Special recognition

Lunch will be served at Mt. Zion following the event.

Other Martin Luther King Jr. Day events include:

• MLK day celebration at LFCC
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18
LFCC’s annual celebration includes special guest speaker, Ebonee M. Sanders and the Martin Luther King Jr. choir. Light refreshments will follow.

• “I have a dream” speech contest at LFCC
12:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18
Student contestants will deliver 3 to 5 minute speeches on the topic of “I have a dream.” A panel will judge the speeches and the winner will receive a $25 gift card.

• Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. service
2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16
Afro-American Historical Association of Fauquier County, The Plains
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