Martin Luther King Commemorative Council Hosts Tribute Events

The Martin Luther King Commemorative Council of Lubbock is holding a different event each day January 17th through Martin Luther King Day January 20th.

Martin Luther King spent his life in service and L.V. Andrews, Martin Luther King Commemorative Council President, said that is why the first event on their MLK celebrations calendar is the Individuals of Awards Banquet.

"Well we look at people that have done outstanding work in the community during the course of the year and we like to reward them for the work they have done in the community and abroad."

Andrews said the Council also holds a youth night with skits and songs based on the life of Martin Luther King.

"The older people know the work that he had done but the young people don't so we try to teach them how important it is to celebrate Martin Luther King Day and the things that he did, not only for blacks, but for whites, Hispanics, and others. He did work for everybody."

The biggest event is the Citywide Service on Sunday. The entire city is invited to attend the church service with guest speaker Reverend T.J. Patterson.

"His father was on the city council board for many many years, about twenty years, his name is T.J. Patterson Sr, he did an outstanding job for the community while he was with the city council so I'm just proud and happy to see his son become a preacher and minister in Gods word."

Andrews says the tributes will end Monday with a Gospel Night.

"They enjoy the singing and they get off into it, get emotional with it, and so it just shows you the love that they have for God as well as the work that Dr. King has done during his lifetime."

Andrews hopes people of all races and nationalities will come out and celebrate the work of Martin Luther King.

"Hard for not only blacks but for everybody. And you could see it all over him, he demonstrated it. He marched he did great things. Blacks couldn't hardly vote back in those days and he worked hard to make this possible that blacks could vote like any other race of people so I thank him."

The events will kick off on Friday, January 17th with the Individuals of Distinction Awards Banquet. The banquet will kick off at 7 p.m. at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, and the keynote speaker will be Donna Smith, wife of Texas Tech Head Basketball Coach Tubby Smith. Tickets are $30 per person.

On Saturday, January 18th, a youth night will be held at Dunbar College Preparatory Academy at 6:30 p.m. Dunbar is located at 2010 East 26th Street.

On Sunday, January 19th, a Citywide Service will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. Guest Speaker will be Reverend T.J. Patterson, Jr., son of former Lubbock City Councilman T.J. Patterson.

Finally, on Monday, January 20th, a Gospel Night will be held at the Greater St. James Baptist Church, located at East Loop 289 and Idalou Road. That event will begin at 6:30 p.m.

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