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‘Pray on MLK’ coming Saturday

Local organizers are planning gathering Saturday to be part of a national event on streets named for  the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Pray on MLK will begin at 6:01 p.m. Saturday and include two hours of prayer and worship, according to the website.

Clark County resident Tracy Gillespie said she heard about the event through a video on social media from Civil Righteousness, a Ferguson, Missouri, group formed in the days after a police shooting and civil unrest in 2014.

“I just thought it would be a really good thing for our community to get together and pray,” Gillespie said. “I felt it would be a good thing to do.”

According to the website prayonmlk.org, the events will take place along streets named for King, the civil rights leader, or around other memorials in the community.

The first hour will be for silent prayer, followed by another hour for prayer and “hopeful proclamation.”

The date and time of the event are significant, according to the website, as Aug.8 is the day the first street was named in King’s honor, and he was killed by an assassin at 6:01 p.m. in Memphis, Tennessee.

In Winchester, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard runs from Bypass Road back to Clark Middle School and Strode Station Elementary.

“We would probably park at one of the schools and line the street,” Gillespie said. “Different people would pray for the first hour. The second would be about worship.”

Gillespie said she is still working on planning the event for Saturday evening with others in the community.

The goal, she said, is to have a peaceful event.

“It’s our hope prayer will bring us all back together,” she said.

About Fred Petke

Fred Petke is a reporter for The Winchester Sun. His beats include cops, courts, fire, public records, city and county government and other news. To contact Fred, email fred.petke@winchestersun.com or call 859-759-0051.

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