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January 11, 2013

King program will promote togetherness

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

The Johnstown branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will hold its 27th annual remembrance program on Jan. 20

The event will begin at 4 p.m. at Mount Sinai Institutional Baptist Church, 351 Second Ave., Conemaugh.

The theme is “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great of a burden to bear,” a quote from King.

The Rev. Richard Williams, event organizer, said the

program is about tearing down the walls of racism and discrimination and working toward ending escalating crime rates.

“We want people to come together where we can all sit down and reason with one another,” Williams said.

“Martin Luther King’s message had a real effect on people, and it lives on in each of us and each generation.”

Leah P. Hollis, a Johnstown native and noted educator, researcher and lecturer, will be the keynote speaker.

Hollis, who is president of the Patricia Berkley LLC Group, speaks regionally and nationally on topics such as race, gender, ethnicity, equality and access.

“She’s a hometown girl and doesn’t mind coming back and sharing her story,” Williams said.

“She’ll tell you it wasn’t aways easy, but you can get things done if you believe in yourself, and a door or window will open for you.”

Alan Cashaw, president of the Johnstown NAACP branch, will give remarks.

Music will be provided by two local choirs.

A social hour with food and refreshments will follow the program.

Williams estimated there will be close to 200 people at the service.

“You can came as you are, and I promise you’ll get something out of this program,” he said.

In addition, a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

youth workshop will be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 21 in the Mount Sinai church’s Fellowship


Both events are free and open to the public.

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