[caption id="attachment_24167" align="alignnone" width="464"]<a href="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/lewisburg-host-annual-mlk-day-celebration\/dr-l-marshall-washington\/" rel="attachment wp-att-24167"><img class=" wp-image-24167" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2017\/01\/Dr.-L.-Marshall-Washington-259x300.jpg" alt="" width="464" height="538" \/><\/a> Dr. L. Marshall Washington will be the keynote speaker on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Lewisburg[\/caption]\r\n\r\nBeginning at 11 a.m. on Jan. 16, a Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemorative march, community lunch, and celebration program will take place in Lewisburg.\r\n\r\nThe march will be from the Greenbrier County Courthouse to the Lewisburg United Methodist Church via Washington Street. Right after the march, a free community lunch catered by The Bakery will be served. At 12:30 p.m., there will be an hour-and-a-half-long program in the church sanctuary to celebrate King\u2019s accomplishments and vision. The march and celebration will help keep the civil rights movement alive in the United States of America and elsewhere.\r\n\r\nBefore the march begins at the courthouse, inspiring words and an invocation will be spoken by Larryetta Ellis, pastor of Edgewood Presbyterian Church.\u00a0 Lewisburg Mayor John Manchester will read his proclamation of Martin Luther King week, and veteran civil rights worker Steve Rutledge will speak to the marchers.\r\n\r\nThe general theme for this year\u2019s celebration comes from two Martin Luther King quotations: \u201cInjustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,\u201d and, \u201cNow is the time to make justice a reality for all \u2026 \u201d\r\n\r\nEssays were written by students at Greenbrier Episcopal School, Frankford Elementary School, Rainelle Elementary School, and Lewisburg Elementary School. Some of the essays will be read by the students as a part of the program. Art work created by Greenbrier Episcopal School, Rainelle Elementary School, and Crichton Elementary School students will be on display.\r\n\r\nThe keynote speaker will be Dr. L. Marshall Washington, president of New River Community and Technical College since 2013.\u00a0 Before accepting that position, he was a vice president at community colleges in Pennsylvania and Michigan. He is a member of the board of the American Association of Community Colleges. Under his leadership, New River Community and Technical College has been particularly instrumental in the holding of the Summit on Race Matters at the Lewisburg campus in November of 2015 and 2016.\r\n\r\nThe program will open with a presentation entitled \u201cRemembering the Dream.\u201d This will include recitations from King\u2019s famous oratory given by a group of youth from the community.\r\n\r\nThere will be a presentation by High Rocks Academy, a frequent participant in the celebration program.\u00a0 Another performer from last year\u2019s celebration will be Henry Hill Jr. who will present his dance titled \u201chumanBeinghuman,\u201d which was also featured in the most recent Trillium Performing Arts concert.\r\n\r\nA major new feature of the celebration will be singing by the Resurrecting Praise Community Choir under the direction of Roger Patterson and Erika Hunter. This well-rehearsed chorus with members from Greenbrier and surrounding counties has performed excellently several times in West Virginia.\r\n\r\nQuestions about the event may be directed to Larry Davis at 304-645-6919.\u00a0 Donations in support of the Martin Luther King Day Celebration may be made at the event or mailed to the MLK Committee c\/o Child Youth Advocacy Center at 212 W. Washington St., Lewisburg, WV 24901.