The St. Joseph Gospel Choir of Killeen performs at the Knights of Columbus Council 6658’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance dinner Saturday.

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Knights of Columbus Council 6658 hosted its eighth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance dinner Saturday and paid tribute to event co-founder, Rosa Johnson, who died in October.

“She was a great lady, and just that — a lady,” said Copperas Cove Mayor Pro Tem Frank Seffrood.

He was one of many dignitaries in attendance, including Councilman Mark Peterson and Mayor John Hull.

Keynote speaker Clementine Johnson, chairwoman of the Copperas Cove Martin Luther King Commemoration Committee, spoke about King’s legacy, highlighting his speeches, while interjecting humor to draw laughs from the audience. Quoting Franklin D. Roosevelt, Johnson said all speech givers should “be sincere, be brief and be seated.”

Johnson’s work as chairwoman includes arranging the Copperas Cove Unity Walk, which was held Monday. The organization also operates a scholarship program for area high school students.

A recent retiree after 34 years of government service, Johnson told the crowd she had a plan for the years ahead with her husband, Harold: “You don’t bother me, I don’t bother you.”

Grand Knight John Drew presented Johnson with a commemorative bust of King after her speech.

The evening also included a performance by the St. Joseph Gospel Choir of Killeen, directed by John Wolf, and a prayer from the Rev. Chris Downey of Holy Family Catholic Church.

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