The UVA-Wise Black History Month Committee will be hosting the 24th annual Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrance Day March and Program on Monday night.

“The theme for the 24th annual program is ‘Beloved Community’ [because] King fought not only against the sin of segregation and racism, but for the ‘Beloved Community’ where people of all races could live in peace,” Deborah Vanover said.

The program will feature several events, beginning with a free community dinner consisting of fried chicken, ham, sweet potato casserole, cornbread, and green beans at 5:50 p.m. at the Wise Baptist Church. Following the dinner there will be a Remembrance March, which will line up around 6:30 p.m. at the Wise Baptist Church and march through downtown Wise. The march will end at the First Church of God, where the main service will be held at 7 p.m.

This year’s featured speaker is Aaron T. Murphy, the senior pastor of Thankful Baptist Church located in Johnson City, Tennessee. He is also the CEO and Executive Director of Good Samaritan Industries. The featured musical guests will include Peter Ryan, Mt. Sinai Spirituals, and Thankful Baptist Church Choir.

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