[caption id="attachment_40151" align="alignleft" width="300"]<img class="size-medium wp-image-40151" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2020\/01\/MLK-1-300x232.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="232" \/> Dr. Joseph Evans, Keynote Speaker for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration in Lewisburg.[\/caption]\r\n<h2>At 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration will begin with a march from the Greenbrier County Courthouse to the Lewisburg United Methodist Church via Washington Street.<\/h2>\r\nRight before the march there will be an invocation, and Lewisburg Mayor Beverly White will read her proclamation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Week 2020. As usual, commemorative banners will be attached to the lampposts in town for the week.\r\n\r\nAfter the march, a free community lunch will be served in the church, catered by Lisa Carter\u2019s Culinary Class at Davis Stuart. At 12:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary there will be a program of singing, oration, and reading of essays by children that will celebrate Dr. King\u2019s accomplishments and build enthusiasm for carrying forward his dream of equality in civil rights and harmony among all races.\r\n\r\nAt the start of the program everyone will sing \u201cLift Every Voice and Sing\u201d with lyrics by James Weldon Johnson and music by his brother John Rosamond Johnson. It was first performed in 1919, and it carries with it a cry for liberation and affirmation for African-American people.\r\n\r\nThe theme for this year\u2019s event derives from the words of Martin Luther King, Jr.: \u201cLove is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.\u201d Elementary school students entered the 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Essay Contest and Art Contest based their works on this theme. Students in Greenbrier and Monroe County participated, and the winning essays and works of art will be featured in the program.\r\n\r\nNevaeh Traynham will sing \u201cHelp Us to Love\u201d and another uplifting song. Her solo at last year\u2019s celebration was exceptionally well received. Solos will also be sung by Christopher Winston. In addition, there will be something extra provided by youth.\r\n\r\nThe keynote speaker will be Rev. Dr. Joseph Evans, dean of Morehouse School of Religion in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Evans has close ties with this area of West Virginia and graduated from the West Virginia Institute of Technology in Montgomery with a B.A. in History and Government before earning Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. He is an inductee into Morehouse College\u2019s Martin Luther King, Jr. College of Preachers.\r\n\r\nTwo days before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Dr. Evans will contribute additionally by speaking to a gathering in the Lewis Theatre on N. Court Street in Lewisburg at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18. His emphasis then will be on topics covered in his newest book which is about economic justice as the ethical imperative for the 21st Century. Also included in this Jan. 18 program will be the showing of a short film titled \u201cSuppressed: The Fight to Vote.\u201d\u00a0 Everyone is invited.\r\n\r\nQuestions about the event may be directed to Larry Davis at 304-646-0602. 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 Street, Lewisburg, WV 24901.