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January 14, 2014

Events, services to honor Martin Luther King

JOHNSTOWN — Martin Luther King Jr. preached a message of peace, togetherness and equality, and that philosophy will be highlighted at area programs honoring his life and work.

Day for youth

The “Fit for Service” day, organized by Goodwill Industries of the Conemaugh Valley Inc.’s GoodGuides Youth Mentoring Program, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Fitness Weights and Aerobics, 200 Lincoln St., Johnstown.

The event will engage youth in activities that include presentations on the Rev. King’s life and legacy of service and from Foster Grandparents on healthy eating. It also will feature weightlifting, aerobics, a dance party and an awards presentation to current mentors.

The event is free and open to those ages 12 through 17 who are interested in learning more about the mentoring program.

For more information, call 659-9370.

NAACP remembrance

The Johnstown branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will hold its 28th annual interfaith remembrance service Sunday.

The event will begin at 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 309 Lincoln St., Johnstown.

The Rev. Richard Williams, program co-chairman, said the service will highlight King’s legacy of civil rights, equal rights and human rights.

“King’s dream made the American dream something to work and pray hard for by taking his words and dreams from a vision and turning them into reality,” Williams said. “His death put life into the American society by bringing notice of inequality for minorities, women and the disadvantaged in the areas of jobs, housing and education.”

The Rev. Elisha B. Morris, elder and servant leader at Mount Airy Church of God in Christ in Philadelphia, will be the keynote speaker. Morris serves as a Philadelphia Youth Council adviser for the NAACP and state youth adviser for Pennsylvania NAACP.

A social hour will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

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