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MLK service set to return for 32nd time

MLK service set to return for 32nd time
MLK service set to return for 32nd time
An Indiana University Southeast student visits with and helps Morgan Elementary School students Monday morning as part of a volunteer project on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The campus in New Albany was closed, but students volunteered throughout the community in honor of King. At MES, the college kids tutored, played games and ate lunch with children. Photo by Ross Schulz

While Harrison County schools used Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a make-up day, at least one, Morgan Elementary, took time to remember the late civil rights activist by teaming with students from Indiana University Southeast for a project that included college students tutoring the elementary children and playing games and eating lunch with them.
Harrison Countians will have another opportunity to remember King when an ecumenical service takes place at 3 p.m. Sunday at Corydon Presbyterian Church.
The county began having a King service in 1979, first held at St. Paul AME Church in Corydon, and celebrated for a 31st time in 2017, with just a few years missed early on. The 2017 service was the first without a key founder, Jewel Brown, who died on June 19, 2016.
‘When Jewel left us, it left a big hole,’ Trish Beddoe, another long-time King celebration planner, said. ‘She pulled everything together,’ from arranging the choirs from Louisville to the food for the meal after the service.
‘Jewel was good about including as many people as possible,’ Beddoe added.
Different churches throughout the county, including CPC, have hosted the MLK service, but there’s been a core group of planners.
Beddoe said of a recent planning meeting that she and Eddie Wallace were the only ones in attendance who had known Brown.
‘So, now it’s up to us’ to carry on the tradition, she said. ‘It’s going to be different.’
Wallace attributed no service last year to a ‘communication problem’ and added that Brown had been the ‘backbone’ to ensuring the King celebrations occurred.
Brown, who had resided south of Corydon, had decided to ‘test the waters’ about hosting an MLK service in Harrison County after her involvement in similar services in New Albany for the slain civil rights leader.
This year’s service will feature a community choir under the direction of Beth Bostock, the music director at Corydon Presbyterian Church. Anyone is welcome to sing in the choir. There will be a practice tonight at 7:30 and another one Saturday at 10 a.m., both at CPC.
Beddoe said this year’s theme for the service will center around Ephesians 4:13, which talks about unity.
‘What’s being celebrated is what we need now,’ she said.
Wallace said it is important to revive the MLK service locally.
‘We want to remind people here in Harrison County that we honor and respect Martin Luther King Jr. and want to do what we can to bring the two races together,’ he said. ‘I hope we have a good turnout.’
Everyone is welcome to attend Sunday’s celebration. Corydon Presbyterian Church is located at 568 Highway 62 West.