For the 28th year, NAACP Parker County/Weatherford Branch 6321 is hosting two events to honor civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy.
The commemorative breakfast will take place from 8-10 a.m. on Saturday at the Weatherford College Doss Student Center Cafeteria. Breakfast will be served beginning at 7:45 a.m. for $7. On Monday, the branch will host the MLK, Jr. Day celebration and awards ceremony to honor local students who won in the artistic expression and essay contests from 5:30- 7 p.m. at the Weatherford Ninth Grade Center.
During the awards ceremony, the NAACP branch is trying something new — there will be a tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. instead of a speaker, Branch President Calvin Clay said. The tribute is planned to include singing and reciting Martin Luther King, Jr’s quotes and essays.
“We think that the young people may be more interested in some kind of entertainment than a speaker,” Clay said. “This year we are going to do a tribute to MLK, where we’re going to do some speaking and some singing around that and give it a brotherly love kind of feel to it.”
The essay and artistic expression contests engage students to create or write about what Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message of love, freedom, peace and equality means to them, Branch Education Chairperson Frances Booker said. Booker said she hopes to see the event continue for years to come.
“It gives the kids a chance to express what their heart speaks, and they can put it down on paper or into their own artistic expression and share for others to see that we can live one nation under God and truly have peace and love even though it’s very shaky right now and certain things are happening all the time, that there’s still good, loving people in the world that want to see more peace than war, more love than hate,” Booker said.
Former Weatherford ISD teacher and WISD alumna Tywanna Jones is scheduled to speak on “Emulating Dr. King and Continuing His Dream” during the commemorative breakfast. Jones is currently teaching at Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD. Clay said Jones was picked as the speaker because of her local connection to Weatherford and her involvement in education.
Clay, who is going into his eighth year as president, said he is proud to be part of organizing the Martin Luther King, Jr. events.
“I feel very honored to be a part of a tradition of the MLK breakfasts and the programs that have gone on this long,” Clay said. “This is a tribute to the people who started the organization, and many of them are still there.”
Moving forward, Clay hopes to keep these events going in the future and be able to do new things.
“I’m going to do all I can to engage people to be involved as much as I can and engage the current membership to be involved,” Clay said.