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St. Michael & All Angels to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

By Staff | Jan 11, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED The Spiritual Voices of Fort Myers make their second appearance at St. Michael’s for the celebration.

St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church will host its fourth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration on Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. at the church, at 2304 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

As the first church in Lee County – and one of the first Episcopal churches in Florida – to integrate, St. Michael’s is pleased to host the important annual event.

The keynote speaker is Michele Hylton-Terry, executive director of the Community Redevelopment Agency in Fort Myers. Hylton-Terry oversees CRA staff, programs, activities and initiatives that enhance business and economic development in Fort Myers redevelopment areas. She has spearheaded growth for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Velasco Village and the Dunbar/Michigan redevelopment areas. She has also collaborated in the redevelopment of Clemente Park.

Hylton-Terry has been a member of the Florida City County Managers Association, and co-chair of the city of Fort Myers Employee Special Events Committee and United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades Allocations Team. She was a board member of the Lee County Neighborhood Accountability Board. She is currently a board member of Basic Learning Skills Foundation and Unity of Fort Myers.

The event, which is free and open to the public, includes a performance by the Victorious Dance Ministry of the First Assembly Cornerstone in Fort Myers, and an appearance by the Gospel group, The Spiritual Voices of Fort Myers. The program also features 13-year-old Zaire Saldana, an eighth-grade student at Cypress Lake Middle School who – by popular demand – will appear for a fourth time to give a memorized recitation from King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

PHOTO PROVIDED Eighth-grader Zaire Saldana returns by popular demand to give a reading of Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

Under the direction of Minister of Music Hank Glass, the St. Michael’s Parish Choir begins the program with two spirituals, “There is a Balm in Gilead,” featuring soloists Janet Burgan, Anne-Marie Bouch and Maria Zoltek, and “Ride the Chariot,” with Bouch and Mary Ann Boorn. The event concludes with the Spiritual Voices and the Parish Choir leading the audience in a sing-along of “We Shall Overcome.”

The celebration is followed by a reception in the church’s Parish Hall.

For more information, call Rector Ellen Sloan at 239-896-6468.

PHOTO PROVIDED The Victorious Dance Ministry is featured at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at St. Michael’s Church.

PHOTO PROVIDED The St. Michael’s Parish Choir participates in the celebration.