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BY MARY GARRISON
West Point is gearing up for one of its most anticipated events of the year: The Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.
Beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, residents will gather at the end of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and begin the 25th anniversary trek down Main and Commerce streets accompanied by local law enforcement and fire departments, before coming to a close at Central School, where a program featuring West Point native Lester Moore will take place at 10 a.m. in the Center Stage auditorium. Itâ€™ll be a program to remember, according to event coordinator Anna Jones.
â€śWeâ€™re going to be honoring Mr. Lester Moore and Mary Dell Temple at that time,â€ť Jones said. â€śThey were both instrumental in getting the celebration started here in West Point. Mr. Moore played a key role in urging our selectmen to name Queen street for Dr. King. And when (former president Ronald) Reagan signed the day into national holiday, Lester Moore got a few people together to get it (the celebration) started â€¦ at the time he was a student at Mary Holmes College and chairman of the local NAACP chapter. â€¦ Itâ€™s been going strong ever since. We thought on the 25th anniversary it was only fitting to honor him for all heâ€™s done and let him know we appreciate his efforts.â€ť
Moore joins a long line of respected keynote speakers and honored guests to have presented during the West Point celebration, including Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Fred L. Banks, Congressman Bennie Thompson and Rep.Tyrone Ellis.
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