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South Tipton and Millington come together to remember MLK

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

MLK 1 MLK 2 MLK 3 MLK 4 MLK 5 MLK 7 MLK 8 MLK 9Today’s teenagers like to mark any special occasion with a selfie.
The purpose of the selfie is normally to display on some form of social media, showcasing an important event. Munford High School senior and choir member Hannah Kelso grabbed her Iphone and a few peers for a photo opportunity prior to the start of the Ninth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Community Celebration in Millington.
The pews of the Millington Civic Center were packed Monday morning for the event held by Drummond’s St. Mark M.B. Church with Rev. Keith L. McGee and guest speaker Dr. Dennis G. Dunn II.
The day started with the St. Mark United Voices Choir giving two songs of praise. After the prayer from Mario Hayslett, Kelso and her Munford High School Choir mates, under the direction of Amber Roland, took to the stage to perform two songs reflecting on the Civil Rights era.
Michelle Mitchell gave reflections on King’s life and road toward becoming a Civil Rights pioneer. Then the Millington Central High School Choir, directed by Calvin Ellis, performed uplifting songs prior to the introduction Dunn by Jyrriell, Ja’Von and Jade Treaudo.
Dunn is the pastor of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Albuquerque, N.M.
Once Dunn wrapped up and the MCHS performed one more song, St. Mark continued another tradition by presenting awards to honorees who reflect the dream of King.
This year’s honorees were V. Latosha Dexter, Esq., Sheriff J.T. “Pancho” Chumley, Linda Nettles-Harris, Esq., Rev. Steve Stone and Rev. Romey Green.
With selfies becoming a new feature in the annual honoring of Dr. King by St. Mark, the organizers concluded the day with singing of Stevie Wonder’s Happy Birthday Dr. King song.

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