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MLK TO BE REMEMBERED IN CORAL BAY, CRUZ BAY

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Jan. 15, 2003 – St. John will observe Monday's Martin Luther King Day holiday with programs in both Coral Bay and Cruz Bay.
"Dr. King's work hasn't been finished, and we need to remind ourselves of that," Alan Smith, coordinating committee member, said.
In a release, the group of St. John clergy involved in the events said that King's life, work and words are as important today as they were when he was leading the civil rights movement in the 1960s.
The religious leaders also called on the community to develop a greater appreciation and acceptance of the nation's diversity. "The struggle for justice and peace is not over," they said. "Injustice based on race, ethnicity, national origin and gender continues."
The holiday's activities on St. John begin at 9 a.m. in Coral Bay with a program at the Guy Benjamin School ballfield. The Rev. Carlyle Sampson of Nazareth Lutheran Church said that Beulah Dalmida-Smith from the V.I. National Park, Public Works Deputy Commissioner Ira Wade, and the Rev. Lillette George of Emmaus Moravian Church will make remarks. Sampson said the group N'Harmony will sing and Guy Benjamin pupils will give a performance.
A motorcade from the Coral Bay school to the Cruz Bay tennis courts will follow. The motorcade is expected to reach the tennis courts at about 10:30 a.m. Participants will then march to Cruz Bay Park for an 11 a.m. ceremony.
As in years past, students will read excerpts from King's speeches. Community members will reflect on the readings, and a member of the clergy will offer prayers. Smith said the Ivanna Eudora Kean High School marching band also will participate.
This year, excerpts will be read from King's 1967 "Ultimate Weakness" speech, his 1964 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, his 1967 "Beyond National Allegiance" speech and his 1967 "Where Do We Go From Here" speech.
Smith said that a reading of King's 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech is not planned. "But inspiration may move people to do anything," he added.
A community meal in Cruz Bay Park will follow the ceremony

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