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33rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration

The 33rd Annual Memorial Service of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was held on Monday, January 17, 2022 at noon at Woodlands Methodist Church.

The annual free public celebration is an old event started by Impact Church of The Woodlands and is still hosted by the church today each year at The Woodlands Methodist Church. The theme for 2022 was “Reclaiming the Dream”.

See photos from the event by Rod Prado from Hello Woodlands at Facebook album here.

In the programme, Dr. Jesse Tyson, Principal of Ceremonies, led the Reverend Mark Sorensen, Senior Pastor of Woodlands Methodist Church, made the protest, Reverend Frankie Mazabica presented a commemorative tribute, and Dr. Roch Coleman, Senior Pastor of The Woodlands Church gave a blessing.

Special performances were given during the program by the MLK Youth Collegiate Choir led by Cassie Rivia, the Resound Special Needs Department Choir moderated by Chris Robbins, and the MLK Adult Choir led by Dr. Don Barrick. Oak Ridge Air Force Junior High School ROTC led the deployment of colours.


During the memorial service, Frankie Mazabica, Senior Pastor at Celebration Church in Woodlands, shared a touching message inspired by this year’s theme, “Reclaiming the Dream.”

A virtual offer was made to the 2021 Scholarship and Drum Major Award recipients following the commemorative honors. The title of the Drum Major derives from a speech Dr. King gave in February 1968, in which he referred to the twentieth century’s idea of ​​greatness–the innate human need for recognition, the desire to stand out–by calling this drive a Drum Major Instinct. Dr. King shared, “If you want to say I was a drum major, say I was a drum major for justice; say I was a drum major for peace; I’m a drum major for right answers.” The Drum Major is awarded to honor a Montgomery County woman, man, company or organization whose life or work best exemplifies being a “drum major”.

Scholarship sponsors include Howard Hughes Corporation, McKee Family Foundation, Elsa and Jimmie Dotson, TME Enterprises, and Woodforest National Bank.

The Commemorative Committee for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. included Chair Sheryl Tyson and Committee members Bernadine Davis, Wanda Davis, Elsa Dotson and William O’Neill.

See photos from the event on the Hello Woodlands Facebook page!


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