This year will mark the 30th anniversary of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Unity Walk in Russellville.
The walk will be held this Friday morning at 8:15 a.m. beginning at the historic Bank Street AME Zion Church on 564 East Fifth Street in Russellville.
The walk will then proceed up Fifth Street and around the square before winding up at the historic Logan County Courthouse where the program will be held upstairs in the old courtroom.
The theme for this year’s program, which will once again feature a guest speaker, is “Reconstruction Revisited.” The public is invited and encouraged to attend the walk and subsequent program.
“We encourage everyone to continue its efforts to strengthen our educational presentation for all our students, our parents and community,” said Marvinia Neblett of Community Projects Inc., which organizes the event. “In doing so, we are asking for everyone’s attendance including parents, employees, retired teachers, retirees, pastors, deacons, a lot of representatives of churches, businesses, civic organizations, government, elected officials, media, fire police and health departments, youth/students and all persons to walk with us.”
Neblett added that if anyone who does not want to walk is welcome to join the program upstairs in the historic courthouse.
“Some schools will give the student an excused absence if their parent picks them up from school, takes them to the walk and returns them to school after the walk,” Neblett said. “We are honored to have community involvement that supports all educations opportunities that are beneficial for our youth.”
For more information about the walk or program, contact Community Projects Inc., Charles Neblett, president, or Marvinia Benton Neblett at 270-847-8270 or [email protected]
To contact OJ Stapleton, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.