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Martin Luther King Jr. Remembered & Honored on Special Day
by Gigi Pilcher

January 20, 2004
Tuesday - 12:45 am

Saxman and Ketchikan residents joined together Monday evening to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in music, song, poetry and readings.

The celebration, sponsored by the Holy Name Council-Knights of Columbus was held in the parish hall.

Yeda Hicks the Master of Ceremonies, welcomed guests. Rev. Charles gave the Invocation and Ketchikan City Mayor Bob Weinstein spoke on "Celebrating Ketchikan's Diversity Month. Mayor Weinstein was followed by Priscilla Barnett who read the proclamation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day issued by Ketchikan Gateway Borough Mayor Mike Salazar.

A passionate reading of King's "I Have A Dream" speech was given by Letha Karlson and Ketchikan High School students Adrian Branford, Anton Costales, Marcus Lee, and Tzviah Dulin read poetry.

George Winters presented a brief history of freedom songs before joining Letha Karlson in singing "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody" followed by a rendition of "Amazing Grace" sung by Kimberly Weldon.

Rebecca Bowlen recited the poem "Standing Tall" followed by three songs played and sung by the Lifeteen Musicians, Annie Deprey (guitar), Krystle Decourcey, and Aletha Johnson.

Decorating the walls of the hall were "Hands of Many Colors", posters, essays, artwork, and poetry, all created by Ketchikan and Saxman youth.

Contributors to the event were Revilla Island Prevention Coalition, Karlson Motors, Tatsuda's Grocery Store, Carrs Grocery Store, A&P Grocery Store, and Raven's Brew.

Beth Antonsen, Pricilla Barnett, Baha'i's of Ketchikan, Rebecca Bowlen, Yeda Hicks, Letha and Bob Karlson, Gerry Knasiak, Janet Pascua, and George & Dro Winters served on the Ad Hoc planning committee.


Photo Gallery - Preparing for the Event
Photos by Gigi Pilcher ©2004


Justice Fleury helped decorate Monday evening for the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. Justice Fleury is assisted by Yeda Hicks and George Winters in hanging posters up.


Letha Karlson and her husband Bob hang photographs of
Martin Luther King Jr. before the program begins...


Priscilla Barnett holds KGB Mayor Mike Salazar's proclamation while standing in
front of a child's drawing honoring Dr. King....


Letha Karlson and Yeda Hicks going over the evening's program...

Lifeteen Musicians Annie Deprey (black blouse and brown skirt) and
Krystle Decourcey look over the music program with Yeda Hicks...


Two of three Lifeteen Musicians: Aletha Johnson & Annie Deprey


Members of the Ad Hoc Martin Luther King Jr. Planning Committee Terri Burr, Beth
Antonsen, and Dro Winters working on last minute
preparations for the evening's celebration...


Aletha Johnson (Lifeteen Musicians) setting up with
Master of Ceremonies, Yeda Hicks standing by...



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