A local event to recognize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will feature several students from the Ottumwa Community School District. The day will begin with a breakfast on Monday, January 15 at Quincy Place Mall at 7:15 -8:30 a.m. The free breakfast will include a brief program.
The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Citywide Celebration will be held Monday evening at 7 p.m. at St. Mary of the Visitation Catholic Church in Ottumwa. The program will highlight the non-violent theme King used during the civil rights movement of the '50's and '60's. Students participating include: the Ottumwa High School JROTC Color Guard; the elementary honor chorus and Meistersingers; and OHS drama students who will perform a choral reading, “Life of MLK,” directed by Natalie Dommer.
This year, the performing group, Greater House of Prayer Youth & Young Adult Choir from Chicago, IL will replace the typical keynote speaker. The choir is the featured artist at the Chicago House of Blues Sunday gospel brunch. These dynamic young people have opened for Bishop Marvin Sapp and recently sung background for Fantasia during her Christmas After Midnight concert at the Chicago Symphony Center. The choir sings a wide variety of music, including oratorio, spirituals, traditional, and contemporary gospel. The group was founded in 2010 and is directed by Cedric Nunley, minister.
The group will also perform at several venues prior to Monday evening, including Market on Main at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, January 13; 9:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church and 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church; and Monday, January 15 two assemblies at Ottumwa High School.