JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — A slate of Monday events honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has been postponed due to inclement weather. A virtual program will air on WJHL.com and WJHL’s Facebook page at 7 p.m. Monday.
“We want people to be safe today, and we want a good turnout for these events,” Carver Recreation Center Director Herb Greenlee said.
Greenlee said organizers hope to hold all of the planned events at a later date.
Postponed events Monday that were to occur at Carver include an MLK storytime that was slated for 9 a.m. to noon at Carver; a unity walk that was to depart from Carver at 12:45 p.m.; a blood drive scheduled from 1-6 p.m.; and a carryout dinner that was to be available from 5-7 p.m.
In addition to the virtual event Monday night, a “Soundtrack to the Civil Rights Movement” by Jonathan Blanchard remains scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at East Tennessee State University’s D.P. Culp Center auditorium.
Another postponed event includes King University’s scheduled events, which will now take place at the beginning of February, according to a release from school leaders.
On Feb. 1, King’s Institute for Faith & culture will welcome author Natasha Sistrunk Robinson at 7 p.m. She will present the IFC’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture for 2022, entitled, “A Sojourner’s Truth: Choosing Freedom and Courage in a Divided World” at Lee Baptist Church.
On Feb. 2, Robinson will present “Beauty from the Ashes: A purpose and a Call” at King’s Memorial Chapel on the Bristol main campus.
Both events are free to the public, and masks will be required.
YWCA Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia announced its virtual MLK event will begin Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. The commemoration will be available to stream on Facebook by CLICKING HERE.
The event is themed, “Even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream,” inspired by King’s speech given on Aug. 28, 1963 as part of the march on Washington D.C.