Tri-County MLK Coalition putting on virtual event honoring Dr. King’s legacy

SALISBURY, Md.- The Tri-County MLK Coalition Incorporated on the Eastern Shore are committed to celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday, as they have been for the past 35 years.

While they might be celebrating a bit differently due to the pandemic, it’s not going to stop them from honoring Dr. King’s legacy.

“The larger question for us is how can we still celebrate¬† and just paying attention to whats going on 5:10 earlier in the year we noticed that a lot of events had gone virtual,” Tyler Jones, secretary of Tri-County MLK, said.

The non-profit organization typically has a huge event at the the Wicomico County Youth & Civic Center.

The day consists of a youth activity program, a dinner, a keynote speaker, and awards and scholarships being given out.

“We have anywhere between 830 to 1,500 people in one room we still wanted to bring that cohesiveness, but we had to do it virtually to keep everybody safe,” Jones said.

We are told that although the event will be virtual- it is important to continue to the tradition.

“If we do our part then we can feel whole hardheartedly within ourselves that we are doing our best to keep this community as a community and not to separate,” Jesse Ballard, president of of Tri-County MLK, said.

During the virtual event they will still give out awards and scholarships, as well as a word from their keynote speaker.

Members of the coalition hope that after you watch the event you leave with the idea of cohesiveness, inspiring you to become an active member in the community.

“If you don’t do anything about what’s going on then you have no little or no say about whats going on, so be an active part, it takes you to make a change,” Ballard said.

The virtual event will be streamed live on to the Tri-County MLK Coalition’s Facebook and Youtube page at 6:30 Monday.

This year’s key-note speaker will be Wicomico NAACP President Dr. Brante Dashiell.

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