By Justin Cox
Killeen Daily Herald
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, the Killeen Branch of the NAACP plans events Friday and Jan. 21 at the Killeen Community Center, 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd.
Friday's event will be a Jubilee Day Celebration honoring Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. The event, which starts at 7 p.m., will feature the Rev. J.A. Moland, pastor of Greater Peace Missionary Baptist Church of Killeen. A buffet dinner will follow the speech. The event is free and open to the public.
Monday's event starts at 12:30 p.m. and is a tribute to Dr. King. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Edward Wagner, senior pastor and founder of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Harker Heights and chairman of the developmental studies department at Central Texas College.
Wagner's military career spanned more than 20 years, during which he served as an associate professor of engineering at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He retired from the military in December 1991.
Wagner will speak on the local theme, which is "Dr. King,:an advocate for freedom, justice, equality."
Monday's program will feature performances by the youth choir, and the Praise Dance Team, as well as soloist Lacretia Billie of Deliverance and Praise Church of God in Christ in Harker Heights, formerly Zion Temple.
A performance by members of the Killeen Youth Council of the NAACP will feature a dramatization of a poem entitled "We Dream For You A World." Angenet Wilkerson, assistant youth adviser and education chair for the NAACP, helped the students prepare for the performance.
Rosa Hereford serves as coordinator of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. birthday observance for the NAACP and is publicity chair for the local chapter.
She said the purpose of the events is to increase awareness of Dr. King's influence in society and demonstrate how he made a difference in his campaign for civil rights.
"We're trying to keep his dream alive," Hereford said. "Every year, we try to show the importance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and show the significance of him and his ideals. We want our young people to know that the way our society is today is a drastic difference between the way it was. He wanted his four children to be judged by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin."
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