In honor of the upcoming celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, several churches, schools and civic organizations in the Paducah area have planned a series of events called the Weekend of Commitment.
Starting on Friday from 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Rosary Chapel Catholic Church will hold the "Blood of the Martyrs' Blood Drive." To schedule an appointment to donate critically needed blood call 270-444-6863.
On Saturday at 9 a.m., Washington Street Missionary Baptist Church will host a Community Fellowship Breakfast featuring Rev. Charlene Boone, pastor of Burks Chapel AME Church. Later in the day at 6 p.m. the Annual Oscar Cross Boys and Girls Club Sing-A-Thon will be held in the Paducah Tilghman High School auditorium.
On Sunday the NAACP Essay Contest will be held at Paducah Middle School.
Numerous events are planned for celebration of MLK day on Monday, Jan. 20. These include the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual March to the Monument leaving from Robert Cherry Civic Center at 10 a.m. Trolley service will be available back to the Civic Center, where the annual luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. Tickets for the luncheon are $15 adult and $5 youth/student.
Later in the day, Harrison Street Missionary Baptist Church will hold its second annual Bean Dinner for Veterans at 5 p.m. and a Martin Luther King Jr. Day Memorial Service at 7 p.m. Rev. Donald Topp, pastor of the First Missionary Baptist Church of Cairo, will speak.
In addition, McCracken County NAACP and Penske Truck Leasing are sponsoring a "Stuff the Truck" fundraiser accepting canned goods and monetary donations for distribution to area homeless and family assistance agencies.
The truck will be at many of the events planned, including those held at Rosary Chapel, Washington Street Baptist Church, Paducah Middle School, Robert C. Cherry Civic Center and Harrison Street Missionary Baptist Church.