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    A sizable crowd came out to attend the MLK 50: Forward program put together by the Groesbeck MLK Committee, Monday morning, January 15 at Enge-Washington Intermediate.
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    Groesbeck Mayor, Ray O'Docharty said a few touching words to the crowd, remembering the moment he heard the news of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., 50 years ago on April 4, 1968.
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    The Groesbeck Children's Choir of Lonestar Baptist Church sang a few songs for the attendees of the program, led by "Tiny," Mrs. Frances Rhoden.
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    The Speaker for the MLK50 Forward Program, Reverend Victor Adams, Pastor at Head Branch Baptist Church in Groesbeck was powerful and moving, as he asked those in attendance to consider their actions and wondered aloud what kind of world we live in, challenging all to strive toward progress.
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    The "Little Angels" from Church of the Living God in Crocket danced toward the end of the program.
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    The "Disciples of Christ" from Church of the Living God in Crocket followed the younger group from their church and danced with emotion and skill.
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    Mrs. "Tiny" Frances Rhoden thanked all for attending and shared information about what the Groesbeck MLK Committee does each year, while emcee Trey Perkins looked over final notes for the end of the program.
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    Tiny (left) stood with all the MLK Speech, Essay and Poster Contest winners who were present at the program to receive their prize. From right to left, Brent LaTray, McKenna Johnson, Praisja Rhoden, Raven Jackson, and Leanna Walpole.
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    Poster entries for the MLK Contest from H. O. Whitehurst Elementary
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    Poster entries for the MLK Contest from Enge-Washington Intermediate
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    More poster entries for the MLK Contest from Enge-Washington Intermediate
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    Poster entries for the MLK Contest from Groesbeck Middle School
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    Poster entries for the MLK Contest from Groesbeck High School

50th Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebrated through Program at Enge-Washington

By Alexandra Cannon, Staff Reporter

In observance of the 50th Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Groesbeck MLK Committee hosted a program called “MLK50 Forward: Together We Win With Love For Humanity” at Enge Washington Intermediate School, Monday morning, January 15. The program was peppered with various speakers, singing and dance performances, awards, scripture readings and prayers. Though schools were closed for the national holiday, students of all ages and races attended, as well as the Groesbeck High School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams and some of the Middle School basketball players.

With the $8 admission fee, those in attendance received a breakfast made by GISD Cafeteria employees and enjoyed a program lead by many influential community members, with GISD Aide Trey Perkins acting as emcee throughout.

Stephen Reed sang the national anthem, Reverend Thomas Dansby, Pastor of God’s House of Deliverance in Mexia led the invocation, and Reverend Darron Killingsworth of First Pentecostal Church of Groesbeck read scripture.

Tamika Jackson, member of the City Council and the Groesbeck MLK Committee acknowledged city and county officials in attendance and recognized all four candidates running for County Judge present at the event, Daniel Burkeen, incumbent, and Michelle LaTray, Richard Duncan and Mark Roark.

Sheriff Dennis Wilson spoke next on the love of Jesus and the love Martin Luther King Jr. worked to spread. GHS Basketball Coaches Bill Barstow and Andre D’Aversa spoke on bringing student-athletes together to achieve a common goal as a team regardless of race or background, which resonates clearly with the dream for a more equal and inclusive world that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. often expressed.

Groesbeck Mayor Ray O’Docharty related how people remember where they were when the tragedy of 9/11 occurred, and he looked back at being stationed in Alaska with the military when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. O’Docharty reflected on all the strides MLK made and touched on the love required to make progress that MLK always spoke on.

Next, Groesbeck Children’s Choir from Lonestar Baptist sang a few songs, led by Miss Tiny (Frances Rhoden). Stephen Reed sang “I Am Redeemed” and the crowd was wowed by his voice.

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