There will be several Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations this weekend, beginning Friday night.
The local chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha will host an event Friday, King’s birthday, at 6 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 2635 N. Hillside.
The event will include a performance by the Calvary Baptist Church choir. The keynote speaker will be Robert Weems. A professor of business history at Wichita State University, Weems will give a presentation on King titled, “A Man of Principle.”
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The celebration will also include a video presentation documenting the path to the construction of King’s monument on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., which was initiated by the fraternity and was dedicated in 2011.
Alpha Phi Alpha was established in 1906, and included King among its members. The event will also honor Alpha Kappa Alpha, the sorority of his wife, Coretta Scott King.
There is no cost to attend the event, and all members of the community, not just fraternity members, are welcome to attend.
The Kansas African American Museum will host a series of events on Saturday.
The day will begin with a pancake feed at 7 a.m. at the Christian Faith Centre, 1130 S. Broadway. That will be followed by an MLK Parade from the Christian Faith Centre to the Chester L. Lewis Reflection Park in downtown Wichita.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., attendees are asked to bring personal items and toiletries to the museum, located at 601 N. Water. All donations will go to homeless and poor people in the community.
The main event of the day will be a performance at 6 p.m. by the Wiley College Choir and the presentation of community service awards to local leaders. The evening event is hosted by Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 1550 N. Chapel Hill Road. That’s near K-96 and East 13th Street.
A $3 2016 MLK Celebration button is required to attend the evening event. Buttons are available for purchase at the Kansas African American Museum, Tabernacle Bible Church, St. Mark United Methodist, Lorraine Avenue Mennonite church, Chapel Hill United Methodist, the Christian Faith Centre and participating QuikTrip stores.
The Greater Wichita Ministerial League will host “Beyond Tolerance,” a worship celebration on Monday, the official King holiday.
The event will begin at noon at Wichita State University’s Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th Str. North. The event is free and open to the public.
Guest speaker is Lance Watson, senior pastor at St. Paul Baptist Church in Richmond, Va.