A highlight of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the 16th annual Candlelight March for Peace and Justice will take place Monday, January 15, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church at Lewis and Beverley streets, Staunton. The public is invited to participate.
The march will be followed by a service at Central United Methodist Church at 7:30 p.m. featuring several speakers and musical performances by the Al Hamilton Mass Choir and Mary Baldwin’s Anointed Voices of Praise and Greater Things Dance Ministry.
A new component of the event this year is that participants are encouraged to bring canned food to the service for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, says one of the event coordinators, Jim Gilman, professor of religion and philosophy.
The march and service are sponsored by the Staunton Chapter of the NAACP, Mary Baldwin University’s Office of African American and Multicultural Affairs, and the college’s Department of Philosophy and Religion.