Civil rights leader King honored on Monday

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 14, 2006

A day for celebrating the man many consider America's greatest civil rights hero arrives next Monday, January 16.

The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. will be honored and remembered in Greenville with a special celebration kicking off at 8 a.m. at the Dunbar Recreation Center on School Highland Road.

Tickets are $4 each and will be available at the door. The event is sponsored by the Butler County Civic League.

A full breakfast will be served Monday morning with the assistance of the Greenville High School JROTC, to be followed by a special program featuring keynote speaker, Dr. Joe L. Reed.

Reed, a native of Evergreen, has been the associate executive secretary of the Alabama Education Association since 1969. He is also chairman of the Alabama Democratic Conference, a member of the Democratic National Committee and a former member of the Montgomery City Council, as well as a member of the Alabama State University Board of Trustees.

Dorothy Berry of the BCCL said the celebration of Dr. King's life is one &#8220important to the community.”

&#8220It is so good to see people want to come and participate in this event each year,” she added.

Berry said the annual breakfasts had been held for more than 10 years now, with growth in the event each year.

&#8220We plan for 500 people; we expect anywhere from 300 to 400 people to attend,” Berry said.

Assistance will be provided for the handicapped and the elderly.

For more information, contact Beulah Cook at 382-7765, Dorothy Berry at 382-9434, Thelma Mixon at 376-9135 or Debra Scott at 376-2364.