The Waynetonian Choir touched the hearts of a large crowd in attendance at the Wayne County Unity Breakfast Celebration on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 15th. Hundreds of people attended the pancake breakfast sponsored by the local Lions Club. A full program of events featuring speakers, historical information, and prayers.
The welcome to the event was extended by Wayne County Judge Executive Mike Anderson and Jeffrey Edwards, Mayor of Monticello. A prayer was led afterwards by Reverand Gregory Chaney, and with the assistance of Girl Scout Troop #7383 the assembly was led in the Pledge to the Flag. Following was a reading by Leighton Coffey of the words of Martin Luther King, Jr.
After the reading, the Wayne County Elementary School Children's Choir, directed by Jared Duncan, performed. The crowd was touched by their beautiful singing of both "Make a Difference" and "My County Tis of Thee."
Elder Joe Cowan presented information on St. Paul's historical research. Next, JaKaye Garth introduced the featured speaker - Mrs. Delores Dalton, a member of the Lake Cumberland Slaves Memorial Board of Directors.
The event then proceeded to a raffle and its main purpose, a fundraiser for the Lake Cumberland Slave Memorial. The group is currently in the process of raising funds to erect a monument to honor the unmarked graves of Kentucky's former slaves. The design for the sculpture serving in their memory is by Ayokunle Odeleye. It will be located on the Somerset Community College campus.
After this Brother Phillip Duncan of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church gave a few words, followed by the benediction of Bishop Cornelius Duncan.
The choir being led by Jared Duncan
The Waynetonian Choir performing at the event
Bishop Cornelius Duncan
Bro. Phillip Duncan
Elder Joe Cowan
The event's featured speaker, Mrs. Delores Dalton