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SUBMITTED by Linda Werts

Wayne Action for Racial Equality (WARE) will join the Greater Wayne County Community to observe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 16, 2017 at Park Presbyterian Church, 110 Maple Court, Newark, NY by presenting the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. This year's theme Building Bridges to Create Community embraces Dr. King's dream of building social bridges that create community and recognizes the need to enhance the lives of Wayne County's residents by overcoming the tragedy of discrimination and racism.

The 2017 event is divided into three segments guaranteed to inspire. First, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., there will be a youth leadership conference for area middle and high school students to build the confidence and communication skills necessary to lead integrated multicultural groups toward mutual respect.

Next, outside the church at noon, a Commemorative March will take place to symbolize the many marches that Dr. King led in the name of social justice. At the same time, inside the church, several county service organizations will present to share their missions and answer questions.

Finally, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. the main event for the community, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration Program will take place. The Program will feature keynote speaker, Elder Jonathan Perkins of Geneva's Mt. Calvary Church of God, joined by area gospel choirs and performers to celebrate Dr. King's legacy. Immediately following the celebration a dinner will be served to all attending the celebration. Members of Park Church, the Newark Rotary Club and youth volunteers will assist with hosting and welcoming activities during the day.

Please join WARE at some part or all of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day annual celebration that renews our commitment to battling social injustice in Wayne County and beyond.


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