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Locals continue King's legacy with Black History Museum
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Photo provided The Black History Museum of Warren County now has bylaws. Those rules were signed in connection with Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, a day designated as a national day of service. Pictured seated are Marvin Lusk, museum Board of Directors president, and Rachel Killebrew. Standing are attorney Ryan Moore, who drew up the bylaws, and museum curator Wayne Wolford.

The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday this Monday, Jan. 20, marks the 25th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy.

“Everybody can be great because everybody can serve,” said King, who gave hundreds of stirring speeches across the country until his death on April 4, 1968. “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”

MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. 

A group of local residents are attempting to improve their community with the creation of the Black History Museum of Warren County. Its board of directors took this weekend as the perfect opportunity to sign the museum’s bylaws, which were created with the assistance of attorney Ryan J. Moore. 

“We are working with the Young Men United organization to make the Bernard area a great place for Warren County black history and events,” said museum curator Wayne Wolford, who expressed appreciation for Moore’s assistance and the board members who are helping to make the dream of a museum dedicated to Warren County’s black history a reality.

The board of directors includes: president Marvin Lusk, vice president Jeffrey Martin, treasurer Helen Martin, secretary Rachel Killebrew, historian Cheryl Mingle, James “Mickey” Gwyn, Steve Nowlin, Wally Bigbee, Phyllis Nowlin, Roy Curtis, Curtis Strode, Michele Strode and Michael Harris.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a vital figure of the modern era and an influential leader in the Civil Rights Movement. His lectures and dialogues stirred concern and sparked the conscience of a generation. His charismatic leadership inspired men and women, young and old, in America and around the world. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.