Local MLK Celebration Honors Two Leaders

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Local MLK Celebration Honors Two Leaders

Published on January 22, 2013 by Larry Crippen

It was a celebration of togetherness in honor of the late Percy Howard, Jr. and Martin Luther King Jr. at the MLK Center Monday afternoon . . . .


All in attendance were singing along with children from the Boys & Girls Club of Walker County. Local ministers, educators, officials and students sang songs and talked about two great former leaders–one local and another national.

Former Huntsville Mayor Jane Monday talked about former rancher, educator, and civic leader Percy Howard, Jr. She said, “He wanted us to understand that together we could accomplish a lot more than we could alone.”

Similarly, Guest Speaker, Evangelist Sharonda Johnson said of Martin Luther King, Jr., “He did some things that weren’t popular to do because he had an attitude that we were in this thing together.”

In 1954, King became pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. In 1957, he was elected president of the Southern Chrisitan Leadership Conference. By the age of 35, he was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. He was assassinated on the balcony of his motel room in Memphis, Tennessee in April of 1968 where he was about to lead a protest march with striking garbage workers there.

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