The following events are taking place in Anne Arundel County to markthe birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
His birthday, Jan. 15, will be observed on the federal level Jan. 20.
The Maryland Classified Employees Association Inc. and the Legislative Black Caucus of the Maryland General Assembly will have their fourth annual tribute to the Rev. MartinLuther King Jr. from 7 to 9 p.m., at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis.
Former Sen. Clarence Mitchell willdeliver the keynote address on the legacy of King.
The event willalso include dance, songs and prose that mark the achievements of the civil rights leader. Members of the caucus and individuals from allover the state will take part. Refreshments will be served.
This year, there will be a $5 admission charge for the tribute. Proceeds will benefit Chara House, a community-based transitional group home for children who are HIV-positive or have AIDS.
Information: (410) 298-8800 or (800) 492-1999.
9 to be honored
The Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner Committee is sponsoring a dinner at 6 p.m., at Buddy's Crabs and Ribs, Main Street in Annapolis, to celebrate the life and teachings of the civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner.
The keynote address will be given by retired Representative Parren J.Mitchell, and nine citizens will be honored for their contributions in the areas of politics, business, law enforcement and religion.
They include the deputy superintendent of the Baltimore public schoolsystem, Dr. Patsy Baker Blackshear; associate superintendent of the Washington, D.C., Department of Human Services, Dr. Dorothy Delores Chambers; Dr. Thomas Florestano, president of Anne Arundel Community College (who will also receive an honor from the AACC Black Student Union); Lewis A. Bracy, chairman of the Black Political Forum of Anne Arundel County; church activist Ora Snowden; businessman Cecil Clarke Burton; Annapolis Police Sgt. Robert Beans, former president of the Black Officers Association; and former Baltimore Delegate Kenneth L. Webster.
There will also be a special posthumous honor for Dr. ArisT. Allen.
Tickets are $25 a person at the door.
"A Musical Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King," presented by the Annapolis-based Maryland Commission on Afro-American History and Culture and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, withmusical director David Zinman, takes place at 8 p.m., at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore.
It will feature performancesby the Morgan State University Choir, directed by Dr. Nathan Carter.
The tickets are free but are limited to two per person. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis through the BSO Ticket Office, in the lobby of the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, at Cathedral and Preston streets. Tickets must be picked up in advance at the ticket office.
The ticket office is open between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sundays, and one hourprior to performances.
2 services set
The U.S. Naval Academy Chapel will be the site of two services marking the birthday of the civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner.
The first will be a 9 a.m. Catholic service, and the second will be an 11 a.m. Protestant service.
Dr. Josiah Ulysses Young III, associate professor of theology at Wesleyan Theological Seminary, will preach a sermon with the theme, "Where Do We Go From Here? Non-Violence: A Blueprint for Life.
Music will be provided by the USNA Gospel Choir led by Joyce Garrett, the Chapel Choir, and organist James Dale.
The public is welcome to both services.
There will be two events at the U.S. Naval Academy to mark the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King.
The first, a prayer breakfast, will take place at 6:30 a.m. for the midshipmen, faculty andstaff at the U.S. Naval Academy to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King. Navy Chaplain Capt. J. C. Williams, director of the Naval Chaplains School in Newport, R.I., will be the guest speaker.
The second, "Celebrate '92," takes place at 7 p.m. in Mahan Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
The keynote speaker is retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Frank E. Petersen.
During his service, Petersen wasthe first black man to become an aviator in the Marine Corps as wellas the first to command a Marine fighter squadron, a fighter air group, air wing, and a major base. He was also the first black man to attain the rank of Marine Corps general.
Annapolis singer Paris Lanewill perform as guest soloist.
Theannual NAACP Prayer Breakfast will take place at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 18, in the Fellowship Hall of Mount Zion Methodist Church, 41 Ark Road, Lothian.
The speaker will be the Rev. John H. Coursey, pastor at the Adams United Methodist Church in Lothian. The honorary guest will be Annapolis City Alderman Samuel Gilmer.
Music will be provided bythe choir of the Franklin United Methodist Church in Shady Side, andthe Male Choir of the Union Memorial Church of Davidsonville.
About 11 churches are participating in the program, which has been presented annually for the last five years, and is a fund-raiser for the NAACP.
St. John's ceremony
At 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 20, there will be a ceremony sponsored by the state of Maryland in the Great Hall of St. John's College, at McDowall Hall in Annapolis, to mark Dr. King's birthday.
The ceremony will include speeches and music, featuring singer Paris Lane.
At noon, there will be a nationwide ringing of bells to mark the national observance of Dr. King's birthday. At St. John's College, a reproduction of the Liberty Bell will be rung, led by Maryland's assistant Secretary of State Winfield Kelly.