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January 14, 2014

Events, services to honor Martin Luther King



Memorial service, award

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church will hold its 45th annual memorial service at 7 p.m. Monday at the church, 205 Peelor St., Johns­town.

The featured speaker will be the Rev. Antoinette Allen, associate pastor of Christ Centered Community Church in Johns­town.

Allen has been employed by Memorial Medical Center as the telecommunications coordinator for 28 years and is a student at Ashford University majoring in health and wellness.

This year, the Dr. King Memorial Award will be presented to Alan G. Cashaw, president of the Johnstown branch of the NAACP. Cashaw is a member of St. James Missionary Baptist Church, where he’s involved in many ministries. He and his wife, Francine, reorganized the Johnstown branch NAACP Youth Council and he is part of the crew that tapes the TV program “NAACP Perspectives.”

Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. Van rides will be provided by calling the church at 539-8528.

College celebration

Mount Aloysius College in Cresson will host Philadelphia native Anthony L. Ross, president and CEO of Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America, at its annual Martin Luther King celebration. The event will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Alumni Hall.

OICA’s mission is to be a leader in providing quality education, training, employment and housing services through a national network of local affiliated organizations enabling economically disadvantaged people of all races and backgrounds to become productive, fulfilled members of society.

College President Tom Foley said Ross brings a distinguished record of service and strong links to historic national and international efforts aimed at fostering basic human dignity around the world.

Prior to being named president of OIC, Ross served as president of United Way of Pennsylvania, providing strategic leadership to the state’s 65 United Way chapters.

The program is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 886-4131 or visit

Kelly Urban is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at


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