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Kingsport to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day with several events

Staff Report • Jan 16, 2013 at 1:08 AM

A number of events commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be held this weekend and next week in Kingsport.

- The Douglass Alumni Pancake Breakfast will be held from 8 to 10 a.m., Saturday, at Sagebrush Steakhouse, 1600 E. Stone Drive, Kingsport. The cost is $7 and the menu will include pancakes with syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage and coffee. The proceeds will benefit the operation of the Sons and Daughters of Douglass programs.

- The Greater Kingsport Ministerial Alliance will hold its annual Martin Luther King Jr. worship service at 6 p.m., Sunday at Shiloh Baptist Church, where Dr. Kenneth Calvert is pastor. The Rev. Joseph Comage, pastor of Lyons Chapel AME Zion Church in New Canton, will speak.

- The 13th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day March will be held from noon to 1 p.m., Monday. Parade participants should assemble at 11:15 a.m. at the intersection of East Sevier and Center streets at the Rikki Rhoton Allstate Insurance Company parking lot. The parade route will follow Center Street and end on Shelby Street at the city parking lot between Kingsport City Hall and the Justice Center. For more information, to enter a car, float, church/business van, bus, truck, other exhibits or take a 20-minute walk during lunch in the parade, call the Rev. Ronnie Collins at (423) 956-0675 or e-mail rcollins_316@vzw.blackberry.net.

- Following Monday’s parade, the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Luncheon will be held in the Riverview Community Room at the Kingsport Housing and Redevelopment Authority building on Wheatley Street. The luncheon begins at 1:15 p.m., and is free to the public. The event is sponsored by New Vision Youth, in partnership with Kingsport Parks and Recreation Community Services Division, Riverview Residents Association and South Central Kingsport Community Development Corporation. This year’s menu includes homemade chili beans, soup beans, cornbread, crackers, coleslaw, drinks and dessert. Desserts will be provide by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

- Concluding Monday’s observances will be the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Candlelight Vigil at 6 p.m., in the Central Baptist Church parking lot, 301 Carver St. In case of rain, the event will be held inside the church. The event is sponsored by New Vision Youth. The public is invited and asked to bring a candle. For more information, call Johnnie Mae Swagerty at (423) 429-7553. Next weekend, the inaugural New Vision Youth Martin Luther King, Jr. Gospel Caroling will be held at 5:30 p.m., Jan. 26 in the South Central area. The youth will sing spirituals and other songs. Anyone interested in participating in the event should meet the group at 5:15 in the V.O. Dobbins Sr. Center parking lot.

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