Martin Luther King Jr. celebration planned by Emporia State University and community

January 15, 2013

A daylong celebration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. is planned for Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. The 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration is organized by Emporia State University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Committee.

The day’s events will include featured children’s group facilitator Jacqueline Corbett of Junction City and guest speaker, the Rev. Delmar White, a pastor from Lawrence. Several Emporia State University students and the Lyon County RSVP Retired Seniors will volunteer and participate in the event.

The Celebration March will begin at 5 p.m. at Emporia State University’s Plumb Hall and head to St. James Missionary Baptist Church, 730 Sylvan St., where the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Dinner begin at 5:30 p.m. These events are open to the public and are free.

Corbett was raised in Clewiston, Fla., or “on de muck” as referred by Zora Neale Hurston. A baby of the civil rights movement, she loves to travel and visit many historical sites such as the Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., and the 16th  St. Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. In 2012, she established Mahogany Threads Quilting Group in Junction City after visiting the famous Gee’s Bend Quilters in Gee’s Bend, Ala., and learning from Lucy Mingo. Corbett is also a writer and has performed in the production of “Crowns” in the Junction City Little Theatre as well as having a number of her plays about the civil rights movement premiere in the community. She has dedicated her life to educating the youth in her community about the importance of knowing their history and taking pride in their heritage. She and her husband, Chris, have been married 30 years have three children and one granddaughter.

White was born in Lawrence on March 5, 1964, to the late Curtis and Dorene White. Delmar White received his early education in the Lawrence public school system where he graduated from Lawrence High School in May 1982. He accepted Christ and was baptized at the age of 11. He accepted his call into the gospel ministry in the year of 1982, where he preached his trial sermon on Father’s Day. He was licensed to preach in 1982 and ordained in 1992 by the First Regular Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the Revs. R.L. Yates and Calvin Jackson Jr. White has served on various boards and received numerous awards including the M.L.K. Jr. Citizen of the Year award and the Kansas Department of Corrections Citizen of the Year award. White has been married to the former Carmen L. Brown for 26 years and has three children.



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