MLK celebration and march slated in downtown Elkins

ELKINS — An event celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will take place Sunday in Elkins. The community is invited to participate in the annual march and program commemorating the life and work of the civil rights activist.

Anne Kingsolver and Catherine Fagan were instrumental in forming the first community MLK celebration in 1995. From the success of that celebration came the Elkins Cultural Awareness and Enrichment Group, which has been hosting the celebration ever since. ”

The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and March are a reaffirmation of everything that is being challenged in our democracy. It’s a homecoming for many with roots in this community and shows that Elkins celebrates its diversity rather than just tolerating it,” said Michael Kline, an organizer of the event.

The march will begin at 3:45 p.m. at the Federal Building, 300 Third St. in Elkins. Participants will gather at the plaza and march on Henry Avenue and First Street to the Woodford Memorial United Methodist Church, located at 113 First St.

The celebration program held at the church will begin at 4 p.m. This year’s program will feature music, dance, song, and an inspirational message by Ron Wilkerson to celebrate the life and teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr. There will also be children’s activities during the program hosted by Quis Allen, a D&E Art Education major. A community potluck will be served after the program. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share and enjoy the fellowship.

Sponsors for the 2019 celebration include the Elkins Cultural Awareness and Enrichment Group, Elkins Main Street, Appalachian Forest Heritage Area AmeriCorps service members, Randolph County Democratic Women’s Club, and Woodford Memorial United Methodist Church.

For more information about the event, please call 304-636-8195.