MLK Jr. Day to be marked in Groesbeck
Groesbeck residents will come together on Monday, Jan. 15, to take part in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration full of pleasant activities.
The event will be held at Enge-Washington Intermediate School beginning with a breakfast at 8:30 a.m., and a program beginning at 9.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 12-18. Children 11 and under are free, but Frances Rhoden, who is on the Groesbeck Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, said the organizers really need to get an accurate number of those 11 and under who will attend to ensure there is enough food for them. She requested that parents of children in that age category RSVP either through the schools or by calling her at 254-203-1040.
Proceeds from ticket sales go to cover the cost of the event, including prizes for the youths who enter the poster, speech and essay contests. In the past, the contests were open only to students of the Groesbeck Independent School District, but beginning last year, organizers opened the contest to Groesbeck-based home-schooled students.
Honoring the event with their presence will be the basketball teams of Groesbeck High and Middle schools; and Boy Scout Troop No. 70 will present the colors.
Performing in the program will be a praise dance group from Crockett, called Disciples of Christ. Also a community children’s choir will sing some numbers. Those interested in having their children sing in the choir are asked to call Rhoden at 254-203-1040 to sign up and find out practice times.
Rhoden sees participation in the event as a way to remember not only King’s work but the effect it had on society and the human condition.
“It’s important to celebrate MLK Day because it’s another reminder of the sacrifices he made to be free and have the rights we have,” Rhoden said of King. “He didn’t die just for minorities; he died for all people; also, so that the generations to follow will know where we’ve come from or how we arrived to the place we are in 2018.”
Rhoden spoke to Groesbeck city council at its Dec. 19 meeting and invited the city leaders to attend. She also hopes that anyone in the community who values the ideals of Dr. King would attend to show support for his work.
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