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Leaders stress weight of King’s work

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Catherine W. Idzerda
January 15, 2010
— Prayers, music and the unveiling of a new memorial highway are all part of upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebrations.

Local ministers and community organizers say it’s important to continue to acknowledge the holiday and honor the man who led a peaceful revolution to ensure voter rights and racial equality.


Why celebrate?


“Because we’re not finished yet,” said Neil Deupree, community organizer. “We need to get along with each other, to understand each other, to accept each other and to celebrate with each other.”


The official holiday is Monday, but things will kick off earlier:


-- 4 p.m. Sunday the Beloit Community Ministers’ Fellowship is sponsoring a worship service at New Zion Baptist Church, 1905 South Mound St., Beloit. Everyone is welcome, and the service will feature music by the King Community Youth Choir.


-- 8 a.m. Monday, the Beloit Community Ministers’ Fellowship is sponsoring the annual Martin Luther King Prayer Breakfast at the Eclipse Center, formerly the Beloit Mall. Tickets are $15. For more information, call Deupree at (608) 752-8342.


-- 10 a.m. Monday, officials will unveil the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Highway signs, first at the Beloit City limits and then in Janesville.


The Beloit unveiling will be just north of Philhower Road near Prairie Avenue Concrete.


Parking will be available.


The Beloit unveiling will be followed by the Janesville unveiling, but because parking problems and safety issues, people are not encouraged to attend, Deupree said. The Janesville sign will be located south of the Highway 11 bypass.


-- 4 p.m. Monday, Beloit College will hold its annual Martin Luther King Jr. convocation in Eaton Chapel.


This year’s speaker is Regina M. Prude of Beloit. In 1983, Prude established a diversity services firm that specializes in recruitment services. Prude, along with her late husband, the Rev. Floyd Prude, have been community leaders in the Stateline area.


The program will include music and presentations from the Martin Luther King Youth Choir of Beloit, college students and community representatives.



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