Participants in the March for Unity in Our Community will begin gathering around 11:30 a.m. today, for the annual walk that kicks off the Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance in West Chester and Liberty townships.
Marchers will meet at Union Day School, 8735 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, for the half-mile walk to the West Chester Presbyterian Church.
Participants will be treated to a performance by the Lakota West Jazz Combo while eating lunch. Among those donating food are Jags, Bravo, Jets Pizza, Willie’s Sports Café, and Troy’s Café and Catering.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., for the main program, which begins at 7 p.m., at Liberty Township’s Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 7600 Ohio 747.
Elgin Card, Lakota West principal; and Suzanna Davis, principal at East; will serve as co-speakers at Monday’s Live the Dream: Our Declaration of Unity program.
This year’s contest theme of Do Right is something both principals try to convey to the community’s teens, said Gail Webster, co-founder and chairman of the event.
“Based on Martin Luther King’s message the time is always right to do right, we felt that’s something the principals do – they always encourage kids to do the right thing,’’ Webster said.
“We like to keep our speakers local…draw on what our community has to offer. They (Card and Davis) have a tremendous responsibility.”