GALLIPOLIS — Destiny Dotson, 14, will be the keynote speaker for the annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration hosted by the Southeastern Ohio NAACP Branch that serves Gallia, Jackson and Lawrence counties.
Again this year, the organization is partnering with the University of Rio Grande MLK Committee and the RSVP of the Ohio Valley.
Dotson resides in Gallia County with her mother, Becky Dotson. She is a freshman honor roll student at River Valley High School. She is involved in basketball, volleyball and track.
Dotson will speak through a performance portraying Ida B. Wells, for which she has won the district and state History Day competitions and went on to the national competition.
Susan Rogers, director of RSVP of the Ohio Valley (whose home office is in Jackson) will announce and introduce the MLK contest winners at this event in Gallipolis. She said that for the first time in many years, southeastern Ohio was represented at the Ohio Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Contest in 2015. The theme of the statewide contest was “Hope for a Change.”
Jarrell Scott, son of Christian and Stephanie Scott, of Gallipolis, was the Southeast Ohio Junior Division representative. Linae Scott, daughter of Christian and Stephanie Scott, was the Southeast Intermediate Division representative. Nevaeh Hightower, daughter of Marshall and Jessica Hightower, of Wheelersburg, and granddaughter of John and Susan Rogers, of Jackson, was the Southeast Primary Division representative.
All three delivered their speeches at the King Arts Complex in Columbus. Local residents will have the chance to hear these young people present their speeches at the MLK celebration in Gallipolis.
This celebration is free and open to the public. It will take place at 1 p.m. Jan. 18 at Paint Creek Regular Missionary Baptist Church, 833 Third Ave., Gallipolis.