Local events set to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

PARKERSBURG – In addition to a series of events this week at Marietta College commemorating Martin Luther King Jr., two events are also planned next week in Parkersburg.

Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

In the first event, West Virginia University at Parkersburg and DuPont Washington Works are partnering to present “A Legacy of Peace: Martin Luther King Jr.” at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27 in the College Activities Center at WVU-P.

The program will feature keynote speaker David Fryson, chief diversity officer of WVU in Morgantown.

As part of the program, the Mid-Ohio Valley Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award will be presented to the winning nominee candidate, a Mid-Ohio Valley citizen who best exemplifies the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Nominees must have made substantial contributions in the advancement of civil rights, human rights, equality, humanitarianism, social justice for all people or other demonstrated record of working to fulfill the dreams and values of Martin Luther King Jr. They must be a resident of the Mid-Ohio Valley, which covers Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt and Wood counties in West Virginia and Washington County in Ohio.

In the other Parkersburg event, a Martin Luther King Day Project will be 5:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Parkersburg High School cafeteria as a COPE (Cost of Poverty Experience) project.

The goal is to help people understand the daily experience of poverty and how to broaden views regarding poverty. The event is free and open to the public.

There will be an opening welcome and free food prepared using mostly local ingredients. A COPE demonstration will follow where all attendees can participate. For more information, contact John Ruehl at 304-917-4625.