MLK Jr. Day torch run to begin in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The Newport County branch of the NAACP will hold its Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, “A Day On, Not Off,” on Monday, Jan. 15, starting in Portsmouth. 

The day’s events will begin with a torch run, starting at 9 a.m. from the 1st Rhode Island Regiment Monument, Routes 24 and 114, Portsmouth.

The monument is accessible by driving north on Route 114 (West Main Road) towards Bristol Ferry Road. The monument cannot be reached driving south on West Main Road (other side of highway). 

The torch run will end at the Thompson Middle School, located at 55 Broadway, Newport, with a presentation and guest speakers.

A luncheon will be held at noon at the Mainstay Inn, 151 Admiral Kalbfus Rd., Newport. Tickets are required for the luncheon. For more information or tickets, call Thelma Williams, 338-1075, or Victoria Johnson, 846-3967.

Additional events will be held later in the day, including an afternoon program at 3 p.m. at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 20 Dr. Marcus F. Wheatland Boulevard, Newport, and an evening service

The full schedule of local events honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. can be found below. 

33rd ANNUAL- DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY.

MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 2018- MLK DAY

9:00 AM TORCH RUN CEREMONY
1ST RHODE ISLAND REGIMENT MONUMENTPORTSMOUTH, RI (Routes 21 and 114 Intersections)

930AM ANNUAL BIRTHDAY PROGRAM THOMPSON MIDDLE SCHOOL
39 Broadway Newport, RI
GUEST SPEAKER: Commander Zeverick Butts

12:00 PM ANNUAL LUNCHEON THE MAINSTAY INN
151 Admiral Kalbfus Rd., Newport, RI
TICKETS: $30 ADULT; $15 YOUTH (18 and under)
Then and Now – Moving Forward
GUEST SPEAKER: Cheryl Burrell

3:00 PM AFTERNOON PROGRAM 
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CENTER
20 Dr. Marcus F. Wheatland Blvd., Newport, RI
Pauline Moye- Veronica Mays
Quilting Around the Block, Story Telling Poetry

5:00 PM EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Cross Point Church 
14 Rhode Island Ave. Newport RI 
Dr. Rev. Steve Robinson

LUNCHEON TICKETS OR QUESTIONS
CONTACT THELMA WILLIAMS (401-338-1075) – FERN LIMA (401-846-4785)
Victoria Johnson (401 846 3967)

SPONSORED BY THE NEWPORT COUNTY BRANCH NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE

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