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Community Coalition for Social Justice & Main Street Morgantown 12th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Celebration: “Growing Up Martin”

The Community Coalition for Social Justice and Main Street Morgantown are sponsoring this annual event on January 15th at 2:00 p.m. at the Metropolitan Theatre, 369 High Street, Morgantown. Because we anticipate that many events recognizing the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's assassination in 1968 will focus on his career and adult life, we will focus on the experiences of his boyhood that made him the man he became. There will be music in the lobby before the event. Mayor Bill Kawecki will welcome the audience. The Flying Colors, Morgantown Community Orchestra, Mylan Park Elementary School Choir, and Morgantown Children's Choir will perform, and the winners of the NAACP-Greater St. Paul AME Church Multimedia Essay Contest will share their essays. Janis-Rozena Peri will sing one of Dr. King's favorite songs, "If I Can Help Someone," and Jeremy Thomas will be reading a story about Dr. King as a boy. Look for posters by art students from St. Francis Central Catholic School in downtown businesses to promote the event. CCSJ will also have social justice-themed bumper stickers and buttons for sale. The League of Women Voters and Morgantown Human Rights Commission will have information tables in the lobby, and the League will have information available about the new West Virginia voter i.d. law that will then be in effect. Admission is free, but CCSJ asks that those attending bring donations for the Scott's Run Settlement House Backpack Feeding Program that provides food for area school children over the weekend, which now serves 839 children at nine schools in Monongalia County, Sample foods needed are individual servings of graham crackers, animal crackers, cereal boxes, fruit snacks, Jell-O, ravioli soup, and applesauce. A link to a complete list and more information is available at srsh-org.doodlekit.com/home/backpack_snack_program. CCSJ provides this event with financial support from the City of Morgantown and Rachel Wood of Virtus Wealth Solutions.

A Service in Memory of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Davis & Elkins College will host a service in memory of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 3 p.m. Monday, January 16 in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium. The program will include a scripture reading, music and a showing of an excerpt from “Three Evils of Society.” The Rev. Jeremiah Jasper, pastor of Woodford Memorial United Methodist Church in Elkins, will serve as guest speaker. Davis & Elkins College students also will take part in the program. The ceremony will conclude with a conversation titled “Where do we go from here?” and the lighting of candles for peace. There is no admission fee.

11th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Celebration: “Nonviolence is Courageous”

The Community Coalition for Social Justice will explore the theme of “Non-violence is Courageous” during its Eleventh Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Celebration on Monday, January 16, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the Metropolitan Theatre, 373 High Street, Morgantown. The program will feature music in the lobby before the event, a welcome by Morgantown Mayor Marti Shamberger; music by the Flying Colors, Morgantown Children’s Choir, the Morgantown Community Orchestra, and the Cheat Lake Elementary School Choir; and a performance by children from the Shack Neighborhood House. Jeremy Thomas will recite sections of Dr. King’s speech “Where Do We Go From Here?,” and Lt. Matt Solomon of the Morgantown Police Department will talk about how “Police Officers are Peace Officers.” Art students from St. Francis Central Catholic School provide posters to publicize the event. The Morgantown Police Department is providing coloring and activity books on “How to Handle Bullying” for the children attending, and Rachel Wood of Virtus Wealth Solutions purchased crayons for them. High school HSTA students will assist at the event. This program is free and open to the public. For more information on the Community Coalition for Social Justice, the Backpack Snack Program, and this program, please go to www.ccsjwv.org or email ccsjwv@hotmail.com.

2016 Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday Commission Celebration

Join us for the 2016 Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday Commission Celebration

Martin Luther King I Have a Dream Balloon Release

To participate in our I Have a Dream Balloon Release, stop by any of our three stores between now and January 18 to fill out your dream card. On January 18, each dream card will be attached to a helium balloon, and all balloons will be released from our Bluefield store, Only One Look. Each person who participates will be entered in a drawing to win a Citizen watch. In addition, anyone who finds a dream card attached to a balloon after the release can return it to one of our stores so that their name can be entered into the free Citizen watch drawing, as well. The drawing will be held February 13, 2016. Good luck! What is your dream? The Bronze Look LLC operates three stores in Southern WV: The Bronze Look at 311 Mercer St, in Princeton; the company's showcase, premier store Diamonds 'N Gold Look at 901 Mercer St., Princeton; and Only One Look, in Bluefield. In addition to selling gold and silver bullion, the businesses are art galleries, selling work by local artists and America's favorite artists. The galleries also sell fine jewelry, including both new and unique estate jewelry, West Virginia artisan glass such as Ron Hinkle, Blenko, and Kelsey Murphy cameo pieces. The Diamonds 'N Gold Look location also houses a coin store, selling commemorative and historic coins. The company plans many community events like art shows, art classes, and hosts author and artist visits.