HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will feature services and programs both Sunday and Monday in Hutchinson.
In the past, the celebration has included speakers from churches or organizations. But this year's celebration is taking a different angle, according to Hence Parson with Hutchinson Community College.
“Typically we have seniors talking about Dr. King, but this year we’re going to have young folks,” Parson said. “Some from high school, some from out of high school and some in college.”
Parson says they made this change this year because youth can have a far different perspective on the legacy of King.
“Many of those young folks were not around in 1968 when he was assassinated and probably have not heard much about him except what they have read,” Parson said. “We are excited to hear what they are going to say because, you know, generations change over time and what we perceive as being important to us might be totally different for those individuals who are younger than us.”
Activities begin Sunday at 3 p.m. with a service followed by a reception. Monday’s program begins at 2 p.m. Both services will be at the Stringer Fine Arts Center on the HutchCC Campus. Singers from Buhler and Hutchinson high schools, as well as Hutchinson Community College, will be on-hand.
After the service, the Cosmosphere will be hosting Dream with Steam with many fun and learning activities that are free for everyone. Those activities run from 4 p.m. until 6:15 p.m.
The afternoon will include a free screening of Dream Big in the Carey Digital Dome Theater. The award-winning documentary reveals the heart that drives engineers to create better lives for people.