Area prepares for Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico

Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebrations are scheduled across eastern New Mexico this week and next.

Saturday is the annual scholarship breakfast at Clovis High School, said Joyce Pollard, who is president of the Clovis Dr. Martin Luther King Commission.

“Our guest speaker is Joe Campos and we will be giving awards to students who entered the speech and poster contest,” Pollard said.

The Art Club from the Arts Academy at Bella Vista will be performing before the breakfast.

Also posters students created will be on display.

On Monday, there is a walk starting at 9 a.m. to commemorate King’s walk from Selma to Montgomery, Ala.

“We have a monument of Martin Luther King Jr. at Potter Park,” Pollard said. “Then we’ll go from there over to Lincoln-Jackson school where we will be entertained by students. The rally will end at Clovis Christian School and our guest speaker there is Raymond Beachum.”

In Portales, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities start 10 a.m. Monday with a march starting from Roosevelt County Museum at Eastern New Mexico University.

The parade includes the Cannon Air Force Base Honor Guard and members of the Portales Marching Band.

The march continues from ENMU to the Memorial Building.

Portales High School Choir Director Franklin Smith said the choir has been learning a new songs for a rally at the Memorial Building.

“We’re going to sing “Down to the River to Pray” and “We’re not Alone,” Smith said. “They are just a couple of spiritual-type songs. One of the songs is from last semester and the other we’ve been working on since the spring semester in January.”