Mayor Craig A. Moe and City Council President Donna Crary have announced that the City of Laurel Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr., will join with the annual “Sing for King” event scheduled for January 15, 2012 at First Baptist Church. The City has been a sponsor of “Sing for King” in prior years. The combination of resources is being done with the expectation that a greater, more meaningful event will result.
Mayor Moe stated that Dr. King is one of the most memorable Civil Rights leaders of the 20th Century. He noted that Dr. King was a messenger of peace who strived for equal treatment, opportunity, justice, and liberty for all Americans, regardless of race, creed, or sex. In addition to his many accomplishments, Dr. King is best remembered for his leadership of the August 28, 1963 March on Washington For Jobs and Freedom where he delivered his famous “I Have A Dream” speech.
At the time of his award in 1964, Dr. King was the youngest man to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. King also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977, which is the highest civil award given in the United States, and the Congressional Medal of Honor in 2004, both awards were given posthumously.
Mayor Moe and Council President Crary believe that it is important to reflect upon Dr. King’s achievements and his goals for our future, noting that Dr. King’s goals are as valid today as they were in the 60’s, especially for the children. To honor Dr. King, City employees will place a wreath at the Peace Pole located in front of the Laurel Municipal Center on Friday, January 13, 2012, at 4:00 p.m. Members of the public are invited to attend the placement.
Mayor Moe and Council President Crary invite the citizens of Laurel to attend the 2012 “Sing for King” event. The event will take place Sunday, January 15, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Laurel, 15000 First Baptist Lane, in Laurel. They stated they look forward to seeing Laurel’s citizens at both events.