Martin Luther King events Thursday, Saturday

Jan. 16, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

Two Martin Luther King celebrations are scheduled this week.

A Martin Luther King Day Celebration will be held at 11 a.m. in the Library Auditorium of Isothermal Community College on Thursday. The event is sponsored  by Isothermal's Afro-American Club and the Uncommon Male Mentoring Program.

Phillip Forney will deliver comments on the topic, "His Legacy Lives On."

Forney is pastor of Wheat's Creek Baptist Church and is a sixth grade social studies teacher at Chase Middle School,.

He is pursuing his Masters in Leadership Education at Gardner-Webb University and has a personal goal to become a school principal.

Forney is also a parent and husband and a former football player. While playing for East Tennessess State University,  he was a three year starter at defensive end. He also played for the Jacksonville Bulls in the United States Football League and with National Football League's St. Louis Cardinals.

On Saturday, a Martin Luther King event begins at 7:30 a.m. at New AME Zion Church in Forest City. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 a.m. until about 9 a.m. when Tyreke Johnson will deliver the message.

Johnson, an R-S Central High School graduate, is a youth minister in Charlotte and is a son of Alfred and Barbara Johnson of Forest City.

The public is invited to attend the events.