King event planned at Sumner-Ramer Center
The United Way of the Eastern Panhandle’s Promise Neighborhood Initiative (PNI), in collaboration with Shepherd University, invites the public to participate in events marking the MLK Day Holiday on Monday, Jan. 16.
An open house with family and children’s activities will be held at the Sumner-Ramer Center at 515 W. Martin Street in Martinsburg from 2-4 p.m. followed by a community concert at 4:30.
The open house will showcase the history of the Ramer Center, which was the first black school in Berkeley County. The public can tour the center, view and learn about archive documents and talk with Sumner-Ramer Memorial School alumni. Activities will include making Valentines for members of the military, interactive reading sessions, obstacle courses, bike safety lessons led by law enforcement and photo booth pictures.
The community concert will begin at 4:30 in Center gymnasium, and will showcase local talents, including a dance team from Destiny Baptist Church, the Berkeley County Strings Program, and children’s musician, Tony Martirano. The Drum Major for Service award will be presented to an outstanding community volunteer.
“Martin Luther King, Jr. Day provides a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King and the living legacy of the Sumner-Ramer School Heritage Archives,” said Charlotte Norris, Chair of the Promise Neighborhood Initiative.
“The Promise Neighborhood Initiative’s MLK Day event gives the community a chance to participate in service and honor Dr. King’s legacy,” said Kristen Lewis, unit leader and AmeriCorps*VISTA for the Eastern Panhandle Medical Reserve Corps.