SARANAC LAKE - The First Presbyterian Church of Saranac Lake will host a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, "Carrying On," from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
King's life and mission will be celebrated through his words and with music of the movement. Several people who participated in the civil rights movement in the 1960s will share their stories.
Students and adults from the community will read King's writings, and the Saranac Lake High School ensembles will lead the audience in songs from the movement as well as a choral piece called "I Dream a World," with text by Langston Hughes and music by Andre Thomas. There will also be a piece by an ecumenical choir led by Pat Sprenger.
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This celebration of King's life and message will continue with a poster contest at the Saranac Lake Middle School with the theme of "Service, Equality, Kindness and Dreams." A cash prize will be awarded. Art teacher Maria De Angelo is coordinating this.
"We are pleased for the opportunity to work with the Ecumenical Council and clergy to meet our goals of celebrating the values that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. exemplified on a daily basis and held close to his heart," middle school Principal Trish Kenyon said.
A Saranac Lake High School scholarship will be awarded based on students' essays. The theme of the essay is King's teachings about "the achievement of racial equality, justice and nonviolent change." These essays are due by Feb. 1 in the high school guidance office.
Donations will be accepted to support the new Saranac Lake Ecumenical Council High School Scholarship and Saranac Lake Middle School Poster Contest.