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Sunday event honors King’s life and legacy

Published: Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

On Sunday from 5 until 7:30 p.m., the annual Community Celebration of Peace and Justice, honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will be held. This celebration will take place at the First Congregational Church – The Big Red Church, 311 Second Ave., Sterling.

King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is:  What are you doing for others?” He was a man who looked at the world and saw that change was needed. He bravely and relentlessly took action. He made change happen.

He served the world through his leadership and inspiration. He risked and ultimately gave his life to make his dream our reality. His dream still lives on, and we are all called to unite and serve.

To honor this element of King’s dream, this year’s event will include a volunteer fair. Those looking for ways to serve their community will be able to connect with groups and organizations needing the services of volunteers.

Awards will be given to individuals or groups from Lee or Whiteside counties who are felt to exemplify the spirit and honor the legacy of King.

We also invite the community to participate in a Peace Art Show honoring King and his legacy of peace and nonviolence. Entries for the exhibit may be a medium of the artist’s choosing and may be single or group art. The show will be open to all people.

The evening will include entertainment and refreshments. Come, be a part of this uplifting celebration. The art show and volunteer fair begin at 5 p.m. The celebration begins at 6 p.m.

For more information, contact the YWCA of the Sauk Valley at 815-625-0333.   

Note to readers: Linda Barber is an advocate for the YWCA of the Sauk Valley.

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