Newcomer Pittsburgh Steelers Nagy Harris will join the ranks of Martin Luther King Jr. A day in Midland.
First Presbyterian Church in Beaver is also one of the local institutions commemorating the civil rights leader.
The Midland Women’s Civic Club (MWCC) event on January 17 will celebrate perseverance, and King will quote: “The ultimate measure of a man is not his place in moments of comfort and convenience, but his place in times of challenge and controversy.”
For the second year in a row due to the pandemic, the Midland event will be broadcast live as a virtual event via Strona Lincoln Park Center for the Performing Arts on Facebooku (facebook.com/LincolnParkArts) I lincoln park youtube page. Starting at 1:00 p.m., Jane Maura Miller, CEO of The Center, a nonprofit that deals with children and families in Midland, will be among those considering the topic of perseverance. Valerie McCulvey, founder of Professional Outfitters and Variety Shoppe at Franklin Center in Beaver County and sole proprietor of We At Your Service in New Brighton; Aisia Washington, born in Midland, is a scholarship holder and currently works as a fashion designer in New York; And Harris’ special guest, Stiller, is on the run from the University of Alabama.
In addition, there will be a dance performance by Trinity Thomas and a vocal performance by Moriah Cary.
Lincoln Learning Solutions is responsible for ensuring this event. The main sponsors are Midland School of Education, Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, Baden Academy Charter School, Lincoln Park School of Performing Arts, Midland School of Innovation + Technology, and Lincoln Park Center for the Performing Arts, who are the producers of the event.
Proceeds go directly to students enrolled in studies through the MWCC Great Midland Scholarship Foundation. Midland Women’s Civic Club is appealing to the general public to make ICL Day a “Day of Fellowship and Enlightenment” to benefit local students with scholarships for the safety and comfort of their homes, offices and any COVID-19 safe environment.
Although the program became default again this year, the MWCC continues to run an annual service project for the Women’s Center and Beaver County Center. This project is looking for donations that include:
For Beaver County Women’s Shelter: dishwashing liquid, tissues, paper products, paper plates, toilet paper, paper towels, floss bags (1 gallon), Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, makeup, nail polish, hairbrush, hair accessories and/or midwife perishable food.
For a concentrated food bank: non-perishable food, individually packaged snacks for kids.
Other local sites will run programs related to King.
At 11:30 a.m. on January 14, there will be lunch and a short service at First Beaver Presbyterian Church that reflects the civil rights leader’s work and mission.
As every year, in conjunction with the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr., Downtown Beaver Church will present Reconciliation Awards to community members who have followed King’s example. This year’s winners are Susan Smith of Beaver Falls and Larry Blackwell of Rochester.
“Nominees have always had a strong track record of societal achievement across cultures, and they are both very committed,” said First Presbyterian Reverend Jeff Arnold.
The free event organized by Beaver Church, which is open to the public, will include a meditation led by Reverend Marvin Morland of Aliquip, who was appointed Principal Pastor of the Temple of Salvation in 1998.
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And while no public events are planned on campus, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is the Pennsylvania Beaver State Student Service Day. Students from some other Pennsylvania universities will be on the Center Township campus for a short program before going to several nonprofit organizations in the county to volunteer.
Scott Taddy is a local entertainment reporter for The Beaver County Times and Ellwood City Ledger. He can be easily contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @scottady
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