In advance of Monday’s observance of Martin Luther King Day the first annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration is Friday night (Jan. 14) at 7 p.m. in the Logan Tabernacle. The Cache Community Connections Interfaith and Civic Council has issued an invitation to the public. Dean Quayle is chair of the group’s Concerts and Lectures Series Committee. “I think this is going to be a unique and probably historic event in that it will be the first time that we have a distinguished black minister come to the Tabernacle and speak in the building,” said Quayle. Quayle said the program would include excerpts of Dr. King’s speeches over the years and a choir to provide music. “Dr. France Davis will be the keynote speaker,” said Quayle. “The event has been organized by a series of people, mostly involved with USU, including Kathy Chudoba, Tom Schroeder, Dan Judd, chairperson of Cache Community Connections and Paul Hines, Pastor at the Presbyterian Church.” Davis is the Pastor of Salt Lake City’s Calvary Missionary Baptist Church and a member of the State Board of Regents. He participated in the Civil Rights Movement and in the 1960s marched in Alabama from Selma to Montgomery promoting voting rights for African-Americans. As a political activist he was instrumental promoting the observance of Martin Luther King Day in Utah. Cache Community Connections was formed shortly after 9-11. Quayle was one of the founders. “There were some concerns in the community after the attacks of 9-11 that there were going to be some repercussions against various members of the community. People wanted to head that off, most notably the Logan Mayor at the time, Doug Thompson. But also several faith leaders were involved, particularly Jack Keller (of the Baha’i faith) and Bart Cardon. “It has flourished ever since and has become a very viable organization. Our whole purpose is to break down barriers in the community and honor diversity and do good things to bring unity to the community.”
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