The Saranac Lake Ecumenical Council will host a community celebration of the life and vision of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Sunday, April 19, at the First Presbyterian Church at 2 pm. The event will feature stories and songs of the Civil Rights Movement.
A testimony by a local resident, who participated in the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches, will dramatize the quest for voting rights for black Americans. By highlighting racial injustice in the South, the Selma marches contributed to passage that year of the Voting Rights Act, a landmark federal achievement of the American Civil Rights Movement. This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Selma marches.
The celebration will also feature the words of Dr. King’s 1965 speech, “The American Dream.” The speech addressed the harsh realities of segregation and economic injustice for impoverished Americans and cast the vision for the central focus of Dr. King’s later mission: economic opportunity for all.
“In this time of growing economic inequality, Dr. King’s timeless call for justice, opportunity, and human rights continues to speak to people everywhere,” says Rev. Bill Small, coordinator for the “Dreamers of the Dream,” the Ecumenical Council’s Peace with Justice Committee. The celebration will be followed by a time of hospitality in the Great Hall of the church. For further information, contact Rev. Joann White at (518) 891-3401.
Photo of Martin Luther King Jr. at the march in Selma provided.