Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

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January 17, 2014

Take time out to remember

If you are off work or out of school Monday, I encourage you to take part in some or all of the MLK day celebrations.

One of my favorite assignments all year (one of the few for which I volunteer) is attending the oratory contest on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the MLK Community Center. It starts at noon. As someone who even had trouble memorizing short scriptures, it amazes me these kids can memorize part (or all, in the case of the older students) of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, which they deliver during this contest.

Tamera White, veteran orator of King’s speech, will not be competing this year as she graduated last year. I spot Tamera from time to time at Denny’s, where she waitressed. I’m telling you, that little gal could deliver that speech with conviction, and always had everyone on their feet cheering and clapping when she finished. We will miss her this year.

I am sad to report that I won’t be able to attend the evening service this year. They are always joyful and uplifting. Alas, I have a medical procedure scheduled the next day that requires a “prep.” I think you know what I mean here.

So, in keeping with the holiday and what it’s about, explore your options and please choose to attend all or some of the celebrations. The rally at Bunert Park will begin at 10 a.m., and thankfully, this year the weather should be nice. I have been years when it was so cold and the wind so harsh my ears felt they would break off once the rally ended.

They will march from Bunert Park to the MLK Community Center at 1114 E. Sixth Ave., where the oratory contest begins at 12 noon. They normally sell hot dogs so you can address your hunger once there. There are usually booths with information about various organizations, etc. as well.

That evening the service will begin at 6 p.m. at Second Mission Baptist Church, 909 S. Fifth St. Everyone is invited.

Then later on Saturday, Jan. 25 (two days after my baby girl Anna Katherine’s birthday!) the G.W. Jackson Multicultural Society Inc. will put on a Gospel Extravaganza beginning at 6:30 at the IOOF Event Center. There’s a full roster of groups performing, so if you enjoy good gospel music and wish to continue the commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King’s life, show up and purchase some tickets. The funds raised will go toward the construction of the G.W. Jackson Multicultural Center, to be constructed on the property where G. W. Jackson’s home stood. Look forward to our story on that in February Explore.

I hope to see you there Monday!

And may I be allowed to say Happy Birthday this week to my precious baby girl, Anna Katherine, who taught me what being a Mom was all about. I’m now watching her be a great mom, and while it’s odd to see things come full circle, it is also really cool getting to watch her with her babies.

The good Lord blessed me with smart, beautiful, sweet babies!

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Deanna Kirk is a Daily Sun staff writer and editor of Explore magazine. Her column appears on Saturdays. She may be reached by email at dkirk@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “Soundoff” on this column? Email: soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com

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