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Martin Luther King Jr. events planned



The Northern Nevada Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Committee and the Nevada Clergy Association announce the 27th annual Interfaith Community Memorial Service on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 3 p.m. at the Second Baptist Church, 1265 Montello St. in Reno.

This year’s program theme is “Moving Forward with the Dream.” The keynote speaker will be the Reverend Michael L. Randle, pastor of Second Baptist Church and president of the African-American Clergy Council of Northern Nevada.

The Reverend Onie Cooper Humanitarian Award will be presented to Elder William “Bill” Moon, who serves on the Executive Committee for the Reno-Sparks chapter of the NAACP.The award will also be presented to Volunteers of America (VOA), the non-profit organization that runs the family homeless shelters in downtown Reno. Rachelle Pellissier, regional vice-president of VOA in northern Nevada, will accept the award.

The chairman of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission and president of the Nevada Clergy Association, Bishop Gene Savoy, Jr., said, “We congratulate the recipients of the Onie Cooper Humanitarian Award for their service and dedication to helping others as we celebrate the life and legacy of a great American, especially in the context of the issues that face us today.”

On Monday, Jan. 21, the 15th annual Community Memorial Caravan will depart Second Baptist Church at 10:30 a.m. Participants will drive a portion of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Highway (I-580) to honor King. The caravan will leave the church and drive north to Stead Blvd. It will proceed south to Neil Road and then back to the church, where a reception will be held.

Events are free and open to the public. For information, call the Nevada Clergy Association at (775) 786-1800 or e-mail [email protected].

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