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Midland plans virtual MLK Day celebration

MIDLAND, Pa. — The Midland Women’s Civic Club, along with its fund-raising arm, the Greater Midland Scholarship Foundation, is holding its annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration and commemoration at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be held virtually via Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Constitutional law professor and CNN contributor Michael Higginbotham will deliver the keynote address following this year’s theme; “Come Together: Only In Darkness Can You See The Stars.”

Higginbotham is a distinguished legal scholar and attorney who has taught at the University of Baltimore School of Law since 1988. He earned his undergrad degree at Brown University and law degrees from both Yale University and the University of Cambridge. He made his first foray into politics as a candidate in Maryland’s special congressional election for the seat vacated by the passing of Elijah Cummings. Michael spent his early youth in the Midland area where his father, famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert Higginbotham, practiced medicine decades ago. Both Higginbotham’s father and uncle were members of the fabled and prestigious Tuskegee Airmen.

The program also features a professional development session with a presentation by Pennsylvania state trooper Ismail El-Guemra, the central heritage affairs liaison officer in the police equality and inclusion office. He will discuss hate crimes, how prevalent they are and how they are investigated and prosecuted.

Additionally, there will be music and dance performances and student oratory presentations.

Through the years, the Midland Women’s Civic Club has continued to raise thousands of dollars in scholarships for local students bound for college.

The live feed will air continuously beginning at 1 p.m. eastern with a brief intermission between the professional development and keynote sessions. The general public is welcome to view the program free of charge. Simply search YouTube for the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center’s channel or find it on Lincoln Park’s Facebook page. Educators logged onto the event may be eligible to earn Act 48 credits.

The signature underwriter of the event is Rochester-based Lincoln Learning Solutions. Sponsors also include the Midland Borough School District, Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, Baden Academy Charter School, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, and the organization producing the event; Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center.

For more information, contact Stephanie Pennington at sgpenny03@gmail.com or 724/312-2936.

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