Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Sunday

SARANAC LAKE – One-hundred and fifty years ago, the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, and this summer is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. There has been much progress, but as the violence, wars and continued economic struggles illustrate, there is still more work to be done.

From 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, the Tri-Lakes will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and be inspired to carry on his legacy at the First Presbyterian Church, Saranac Lake.

This event is sponsored by the Saranac Lake Ecumenical Council, local clergy and many other inspired dreamers of Dr. King’s dream.

Dr. King’s life and mission will be celebrated through his words and with music of the movement. There will be eye witness testimony, excerpts from the Dr. King’s writings will be read by students from our community, communal singing of music from the movement. The winner of the middle school poster contest will also be announced.

A free will donation will be accepted to help support the Saranac Lake Ecumenical Council and Clergy’s Martin Luther King, Jr. High School Scholarship and the Saranac Lake Middle School Poster Contest.

The council will award a prize of $200 to the middle school student whose poster best celebrates some of the core values that Dr. King embraced. This year’s poster themes are: service, equality, non-violence, and dreams. The poster competition will be held during the month of January. Interested students are encouraged to contact faculty liaison Val Patterson for an application.

The winner of the Saranac Lake High School Scholarship will be announced at another time. The Council will award a scholarship of at least $500 to the college bound senior whose essay about Dr. King’s work and legacy is judged to be best of all applicants. In addition to the essay, the student is expected to evidence core life values of Dr. King, including principled behavior, academic achievement, and service to the community. Students are encouraged to contact the High School Guidance Office for an application and further information. Last year’s prize of $1,100 was among the largest scholarships awarded at graduation.

In May, musicians Kim and Reggie Harris will present their program “Dream On!” in two Saranac Lake schools. There will also be a weekday community concert in the evening.

Consummate musicians and storytellers Kim and Reggie combine a strong folk and gospel legacy with a solid background in classical, rock, jazz and pop music.