GREENWOOD, SC - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a United States federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to commemorate the legacy of a great leader, known as an individual that stood for integrity, non-violence, discipline, and character.
Five years ago, Greenwood resident Leonard Martin felt inspired to plan and spearhead an event to “educate, inform, and enrich the lives of our youth in Dr. King’s memory". This year’s event will be held on Saturday, January 19th at the Old Brewer Auditorium in Greenwood from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. The theme will be “Reaching Success Through Education.”
“This year I was inspired to focus on our youth in a special way,” said Martin. “I do believe that education in some form is essential and that the solution to every problem lies in education. Being educated is an advantage and it is opening lots of gates for a bright career.”
The forum will consist of three panels, two for teens and one for parents:
Teen Forums – “Reaching Success Begins with a Quality Education” This teen forum will be presented in two separate classes, one for the teen girls and another for the teen boys.
Parent Forum “My Role/Responsibility in Navigating My Child’s Future” - As a parent, how do I help my child(ren) reach success?
Each panel will consist of an educator, mentor/role model, and parent to speak on the importance of goal setting. According to Martin, there will be several community and civic leaders speaking at the event, including Mayor Welborn Adams. The public is invited to attend this special forum for a day of learning, dialogue, and fellowship.