Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

Latest News

January 20, 2014

King’s legacy of service and leadership honored at ceremonies

Corsicana — A bright, sunny January morning served as a perfect background for the start of a day of ceremonies recalling the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The national holiday commemorating the birth of the slain civil rights leader set the stage for observances in Corsicana, beginning with a rally at Bunert Park.

Morris Johnson, a member of the Class of 1959 at G.W. Jackson High School and a Collins Scholarship recipient, served as guest speaker for the rally.

Johnson, a lifelong educator, spoke of the importance of leadership within the community, and reflected on the leadership that Dr. King provided, and inspired.

Johnson said it was the support and guidance he received from the community as a youth that helped him find success and direction in life.

He spoke about how society had changed through the decades since King’s death, and how today’s generation is in need of the direction and leadership those of the “baby boomer” years enjoyed, calling upon those same “baby boomers” to step up and be leaders in the community.

“Today, we have no discipline,” Johnson said. “Consequently, they have no respect (for others).”

Rowena Winfrey, president of the Navarro County Chapter of the NAACP, praised those in attendance for taking part in celebrating what King stood for. She echoed the advice of Johnson for the youth of today.

“Education is your key,” she said. “For Dr. King, it wasn’t easy, but young people today have opportunities those that came before them didn’t.”

Corsicana councilwoman Ruby Williams called on young people to reach for excellence in their lives.

“We must continue to strive for the things we have purposed in our lives,” Williams said. “Your struggle is only a mole hill, not the mountains of the past.”

A march to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center followed the morning rally.

Another community-wide celebration was held Tuesday evening at Second Mission Baptist Church, hosted by the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance.

The celebration was a spirit-filled evening of song and praise, including dozens of voices forming the Community Mass Choir, led by Valorie Horn.

Proclamations were read from Corsicana Mayor Chuck McClanahan, County Judge H.M. Davenport Jr., and from the State of Texas, provided by State Rep. Byron Cook (R-Corsicana).

The Rev. Dairy Johnson Sr., president of the IDMA, shared three special awards as part of the evening, recognizing individuals for involvement and achievements for the community. Receiving honors were Mrs. Warner Redus, Sirvella Monie, and Paul Lewis.

 A special message was delivered by Pastor Alfred Cox Jr. of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church.

—————

Bob Belcher may be reached by email at bbelcher@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “Soundoff” on this story? Email: soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com

1
Text Only
Latest News
  • 7-30-14 4-H robotics.jpg Science made simple

    Hats out of old newspaper and leftover wrapping paper, simple robots out of popsicle sticks, rubber bands and pencil erasers, a microcosm of the aquifer made of root beer and ice cream — with a dollop of chocolate syrup. These were among the fun science projects at Tuesday’s 4-H Discovery Days event at the Navarro County Youth Expo.

    July 29, 2014 3 Photos

  • County: No increase in city subsidies

    As budget talks continue at the Navarro County Courthouse, one consensus that’s been reached will impact budget planning at the Corsicana Government Center.

    July 29, 2014

  • 7-30-14 AthensFire.jpg Senate report finds fault with government inspection of chemical facilities

    WASHINGTON — The government has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers to be at a higher risk for a terror attack and has underestimated the threat to densely populated cities, congressional investigators say.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-30-14 Club-Rotary gov.jpg Club News

    News and announcements submitted by clubs and organizations throughout Navarro County.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Local Beat 7/30/14

    A listing of meetings and events of interest from throughout Navarro County.

    July 29, 2014

  • Jury awards Ventura $1.8M in defamation case

    ST. PAUL, Minn. — A jury has awarded former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura $1.8 million in his lawsuit against the estate of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle.

    July 29, 2014

  • Texas school trustee penalized in cheerleader case

    SAN MARCOS — A Central Texas school board has ordered a trustee to attended professional conduct training after parents and teachers said he used his position to get his daughter onto a cheerleading team.

    July 29, 2014

  • Study: 35 percent in US facing debt collectors

    WASHINGTON — More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.

    July 29, 2014

  • 7-29-14 Lassiter.jpg Lassiter named new Calico director

    Brittany Watkins-Lassiter has been named the new Calico Director for Corsicana High School. Lassiter replaces Amy Tidwell, who resigned to become the dance squad coach at Sachse High School.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-29-14 McManus.jpg County OKs mall lease

    The question of where many county courthouse offices would move during the three-year historical restoration of the Navarro County Courthouse was officially answered Monday.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo