Stanford celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Published 11:53 am Thursday, January 24, 2019

STANFORD — Despite Monday’s frigid temperatures, the city of Stanford continued its tradition of honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with its annual march for justice.

Mistress of ceremonies Sara Givens welcomed marchers at the foot of the Lincoln County Courthouse steps at noon to begin the day’s celebration. After the singing of “The Lord’s Prayer” by Glen Gooch and a scripture reading by Jeff Bramel, pastor of the New Beginnings United Methodist Church, the marchers moved out into the street for the march.

Monday’s sub-freezing temperatures did result in a small contingency of marchers, with just a few dozen making the trek from the Lincoln County Courthouse, down along Main Street to Danville Avenue and then on to Martin Luther King Jr. Street bound for First Missionary Baptist Church to hear keynote speaker Dr. Lorenzo Suter of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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There was no lack of numbers inside the First Missionary Baptist sanctuary, with the marchers finding the pews pretty packed upon their arrival.

Laurie Burnside welcomed guests to First Missionary Baptist and Anna Napier lit a candle in memory of Dr. King.

After musical selections from the Boneyville Baptist Choir and Ansarro Miller, Givens introduced Suter, a Lincoln County native and LCHS graduate.

Following the program, the crowd dismissed to the church’s dining hall for lunch.