South Holland Commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 26, 2005
CONTACT: Mary Ann Thornton 708-210-2918
Nearly 600 people joined Mayor Don De Graff, Village Trustees and administrators on Monday, January 17 at the South Holland Community Center for an inspirational event celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man who brought hope and healing to America. The program, themed "Live The Dream," commemorated the timeless values Dr. King taught through his example – the values of compassion, courage, truth and justice.
Rev. Alfonzo Surrett of Calvary Reformed Church delivered a keynote message of unity and harmony, which was echoed by sensational
instrumental renditions of "If I Could Help Somebody" and "Precious Lord" from Rev. Dr. Carl E. King, Jr. of Christ Community Church and Rev. Dr. Ozzie Smith, Jr. of Covenant United Church of Christ, respectively. First grade students from Greenwood School offered a musical tribute to Dr. King, in addition to the rhythmic choreography of the Coolidge Step Drill Team and the dramatic interpretation of Dr. King's "I Have A Dream" speech delivered by the Thornwood Drama Team.
As Rev. Heino Blaauw, pastor of First Reformed Church, concluded the event with a prayer for peace, everyone held hands and sang "Let There Be Peace on Earth." "I was overwhelmed when I looked out and saw the audience," shared Dr. Kathryn F. Worthen, MLK Event
Chairperson. "I felt a strong sense of peace, joy and unity. The King event helped me to realize that in South Holland and the southland, we are living King's dream." Mayor De Graff, while delivering a King Day proclamation, encouraged "citizens to engage in community service, which in turn serves to honor Dr. King's legacy, and advance the cause of justice and equality in America." Village
Administrator J. Wynsma, enthusiastically moved by the program, stated "The Village of South Holland and residents are effectively
setting an example for the region and the nation that Dr. King's dream can become a reality."
Events will be scheduled annually to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
First grade students of Greenwood School offer a tribute to Dr. King, performing "Sing About Martin."
Coolidge Step Drill Team
The Village of South Holland Communications Department
16226 Wausau Avenue South Holland, IL 60473
Telephone: 708-210-2918 Fax: 708-210-1019