The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

January 14, 2014

Events, services to honor Martin Luther King

Kelly Urban

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.

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

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