Annual Singspiration Honors MLK

by Katie McGraw on January 21, 2013 at 4:28 am

Every year, local churches gather together for a special singspiration to remember Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday evening, John McIntire library held the 22nd annual singspiration where the various church choirs sang several hymns to honor the late Dr. King.

"The singspiration is here for all of us to come together as a community, when community events happen we all come together and for Martin Luther King, we stress the importance of what he did for our country and helping people advance," Reverend Keith Wyatt said. "Martin left such an impression on people that we know that without him, many times within this country, things would have never gotten to the place where they needed to be."

The keynote speaker for the singspiration was Eric Peterson, a Zanesville native, who is now the Vice President of Diversity for General Motors. In his speech he touched on the legacy King left including Kings’ character as a man who represented change for America. Now Peterson is trying to do the same by encouraging students to reach their goals and dreams.

"But to me that is what it is all about, trying to help people realize their dreams and hopefully have all of our students understand the legacy of Dr. King and what he meant to all of us," said Peterson.

General Motors offers a thousand $2000 scholarships and a hundred $25,000 scholarships, focusing on the areas of Science, Math, Technology and Engineering. During Peterson’s speech he encouraged students to apply for the scholarships.

Peterson will also be honored tomorrow morning at the MLK Scholarship Fund’s Prayer Breakfast.