YWCA to host Martin Luther King Jr. celebration

By Susan Hartley

January 17, 2014

PIQUA — The sixth annual community Martin Luther King Day Celebration hosted by the YWCA with support from Upper Valley Medical Center Premier Health Partners will be held from 1-2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20. The event is free and open to the public. The YWCA is handicap accessible

The program will focus on PEACE with keynote speakers, John and Bev Titus, along with many community members who will share their ideas based on sections of Martin Luther King’s “I Have Dream” speech and his “I Believe” speech.

The Titus family became involved in speaking on peace after they lost their daughter, Alicia Nicole, when she was a flight attendant on United Airline Flight 175 that crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center on 9/11. “Alicia lived her life in peace and harmony and longed for a world in which people would learn to get along with one another,” said Bev Titus. “After her violent death, we began speaking out for peace and justice issues and joined the September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows whose unifying credo is to ‘turn our grief into action for peace’,” she added.

John Wright, former music director at St. Mary Catholic Church, will provide music along with the musical voices of Fred Lee and Frankee Lee-Burel, both Piqua residents.

Linda Grimes, MLK Committee member, will facilitate the event. “We are extremely excited about the message of this year’s program,” Grimes said. “The MLK Community Event is a wonderful way to pay tribute to Martin Luther King and his message of PEACE to mankind.”

For more information, stop at the YWCA at 418 N. Wayne St., call 773-6626, or e-mail info@ywcapiqua.com.