The legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. will be celebrated throughout the county Monday with events happening in Richmond and Berea.
Richmond will be celebrating with a 5 p.m. unity march beginning at First Baptist Church at Collins and Irvine streets, according to the Rev. Robert Blythe, president of the Richmond-Madison County branch of the NAACP.
The traditional march path is from First Baptist Church, west on Irvine Street to North Second Street, south on Second Street to Water Street, then east to Collins Street and back to the church.
At 6 p.m., participants in the Madison County Schools’ African-American Male Mentoring Program will lead a program in the church sponsored by the local NAACP.
Berea College events
Berea College will be hosting a “Moving Beyond the Dream to Brighten the Future” program, which will include several events beginning in the sanctuary of Union Church, 200 Prospect St. Gail Bowman, director of the Berea College Campus Christian Center, will present “Why We March” at 9:30 a.m. Her address will be followed at 10 a.m. by a march to First Christian Church at 206 Chestnut St.
A Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Program will begin at 11 a.m. at First Christian, followed by lunch at noon in the Berea College cafeteria. The lunch price is $4 per person.
A noon workshop titled “Culturally Inclusive Teaching,” featuring Roger Cleveland of the Eastern Kentucky University College of Education, will be conducted at the Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For reservations, call the center at 985-3785.
A presidential inauguration viewing will begin at 1 p.m. in Baird Lounge of Berea’s Alumni Building and is open to the public.
The day’s events in Berea will conclude with a convocation, “Never Turning Back: How Do We Know When We’ve Won,” at 3 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Auditorium. Civil rights activist Jim Kates, author of “Letters from Mississippi: Reports from Civil Rights Volunteers & Poetry of the 1964 Freedom Summer,” will speak.