MLK candlelight vigil

BY ALLEN A. BUCHANAN, Staff Writer

ST. PETERSBURG — A standing room only crowd packed the Carter G. Woodson African American Museum last Sun., Jan. 17, as the community came out to participate in the seventh annual Candle Light Vigil in honor of the humanitarian spirit of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Kevin Parrott hosted the event and conducted everyone in the singing of the Negro National Anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

Invocation — Minister Sharon Saulsby

Welcome — Frechette Bradley

Soloist — Joan Ruffin

Performance piece (Fannie Lou Hamer) — Andrida Hosey

Performance piece (Coretta Scott King) — Andresia Mosley

Soloist — Tabitha Shorter

Saxophonist – Jordan Bolds

Essayist — Jermaine Robinson

As everyone exited the museum and received their candle for the procession into the Legacy Garden, the spirit of calm settled in as everyone sang “This Little Light of Mind.”

Once again, the young people showed up and out in a positive way. Ushers were provided by LaShante Keys and the Kappa League Male Leadership Institute.

The photo session with over forty young men and women was similar to directing traffic at a busy intersection. In the end, everyone was smiling, especially the parents.

For any questions about upcoming events at the Woodson Museum, please call (727) 323-1104.

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