Saturday, January 18, 2003

King tributes: songs, speeches

An interfaith service in remembrance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. will take place at 5 p.m. Sunday at Christ Church Cathedral, 318 E. Fourth St. Rabbi Mark Goldman of Rockdale Temple will preach. Festive Spirits, a choir from the School for the Creative and Performing Arts, will perform a selection of spirituals and contemporary Gospel music. A reception will follow. Open to the public. Information: 621-1817.

Programs at the Main Library of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 800 Vine St., include:

A birthday celebration honoring Dr. King for students in kindergarten through seventh grade will begin at 1 p.m. Monday in the Children's Learning Center with a showing of the video, Martin's Big Words.

Visitors can remember the day and the "dream" by posting their own dreams on a cloud. The Bucket Boyz will perform at 2 p.m.

The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth will be available from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday to sign A Fire You Can't Put Out: The Civil Rights Life of Birmingham's Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth by Andrew Manis.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition Choral will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The chorale is a group of more than 120 men and women from various ethnic and religious backgrounds. Information: 369-6900.

Local library branches will host a variety of programs. Click on Martin Luther King Jr. under "What's New" at

Evanston: St. Mark Catholic Church, 3500 Montgomery Road, will host the third annual Martin Luther King Jr. Award Celebration beginning at 3:30 p.m. Monday. The St. Mark Gospel Choir and the St. Andrew Church Choir will combine to provide a special presentation. Mass will begin at 4 p.m. Information: 961-0472.

Forest Park: The North Central Ecumenical Ministerial Association will present a Dr. King commemoration service, "A Celebration of His Legacy," at 7 p.m. Monday at Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church, 10998 Southland Blvd. The evening will include hymns, praise dancers, speeches and preaching. Information: 851-0456.

Mount Airy: The churches in Cincinnati's most racially balanced neighborhood will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day together Monday. The 7 p.m. program at Mount Airy United Methodist Church, 2645 North Bend Road, will feature the Rev. Matthew L. Stephens of the Community Church of Cincinnati speaking on "Martin Luther King's Legacy for Today."

Churches participating are Lincoln Park Baptist Church, Mount Airy United Methodist Church, New Testament Christian Church, Praise Chapel Church of God and St. Therese Little Flower Church.

Norwood: The Norwood Branch Library, 4325 Montgomery Road, will host "Martin's Big Words" at 2 p.m. Monday. All ages are invited to celebrate Dr. King with stories, activities and snacks.

West Chester Township: The fourth annual observance will begin at 1:30 p.m. Monday with a March for Unity on Cincinnati-Dayton Road from Union Elementary School to West Chester Presbyterian Church.

Those who wish to participate are invited to meet by the flagpole at the school at 1:15 p.m.

A Coffee Affair, 8897 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, will host a book signing by two authors from 2 to 4 p.m. The Rev. Bob Graetz will sign copies of his book A White Preacher's Memoir: The Montgomery Bus Boycott. The Rev. John Stevenson, will sign Nothing but the Truth.

The evening program begins at 7 p.m. at Lakota West High School, 8940 Union Centre Blvd. It is a communitywide family celebration that features keynote speaker the Rev. Mr. Graetz.

The program includes a presentation of awards to Lakota students; a performance by the Greater Cincinnati Area Promise Singers and Praise Band; an interpretive dance by Kingdom Arts International; and a drama presentation by professional actors from "Cincinnati's Runaway Slave" cast. Entries in the "Show Me `Living the Dream' and `Declaring Unity' in Our Town Today" art contest will be on display. Refreshments will be served in the lobby after the program. Information:

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