The principals of Lakota East and West high schools will be co-speakers for this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. program for West Chester and Liberty townships.
Elgin Card, 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.”
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the 75-minute program starting at 7 p.m., at Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 7600 Ohio 747, in Liberty Township.
Returning to give the invocation for the program’s 15th anniversary is the Rev. John Stevenson, senior pastor at Heirs Covenant Community Church. He gave the first invocation when the community observance began.
A co-founder of the program with Webster, Stevenson co-wrote the program’s theme song, Live the Dream, with the Rev. Joe Hansen, past pastor of Cornerstone United Methodist Church.
The song will be one of many performed during the program by the Community Choir under the direction of Aretha Chapman, serving as interim choir director of Cornerstone.