MLK Holiday Events in Holland, Michigan

( [email protected] ) Jan 16, 2004 12:43 PM EST

Holland, MI -- Core City Ministries in Holland, Michigan will commemorate the King holiday Saturday with its fourth annual unity celebration at Lakeshore Vineyard Christian Fellowship. The theme of the celebration is "Remembering the Dream and Making it Our Own." Everyone in the community is invited to join the event.

Although King’s birthday is on Monday, local organizations have already started holding events in honor of him.

Wayne Coleman, executive director of Core City Ministries said Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a time to remember a man and his vision:

"Dr. King's vision was a united community," Coleman said. "He believed everyone was created equal and we want to celebrate this equality."

Coleman wishes to resolve the problems that have split relationships among different races in the community through this event. He will be focusing on the faith-based community to change race relations believing in the power of gospel.

"There are still things going on in the community," Coleman said. "We need to celebrate Dr. King's vision of equality."

The Lakeshore Fellowship celebration will include a performance by the Maple Avenue Ministries Choir, the announcement of the Holland Juneteenth Queen and remarks by Coleman.

Local colleges have been also holding special events to commemorate the holiday.

Hope College will host its 14th annual commemorative service, featuring the Rev. Glen C. Missick at 7 p.m. Monday in Dimnent Memorial Chapel. It already presented the film “Birth of a Nation” at 4 p.m. yesterday at the Maas Center.

Grand Valley State University will have a celebration Monday starting with a silent march at Zumberge Library at 1:45 p.m. at the Allendale Campus and at theCooke-DeWitt Center, followed by a choir performance by the GVSU Gospel Choir at 2 p.m.

Also Monday, the Holland Museum will show a film in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The film is titled "Martin Luther King Jr.: The Man and His Dream." Children can also participate in the event by listening to a story about King and joining a craft project.