Singers, dancers and even mimes turned out for the Martin Luther King Jr. Youth and Young Adult Program Saturday evening at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.
Daylan Flowers, master of ceremonies for the event, told everyone that normally in a church service, they are asked to put their phones up. But Saturday night, he said, was a night that they should get their phones out.
“I want you to record every moment of this,” Flowers said. “Let’s have some fun tonight.”
Midway through the evening, Tracey Snell-Jackson initiated an offering, pointing out that the evening is actually intended as a scholarship fundraiser for Lubbock youths. Even those without children there should give, she said, because they might someday have a child in need, or a niece, nephew or other family member.
Multiple dance groups performed, including the Agape Temple Praise Team, the Full Armor Ministries Praise Dancers, and the West Texas Raiderettes.
The MLK Mass Mime/Praise Dancers gave an extended performance that they later said was not a performance, but a ministry.
Children young and old opened and closed the evening performances in the MLK Youth Mass Choir, led by Corey Godfrey.
The commemorative celebrations will continue through Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, all at the civic center.
A Citywide Service will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, with Bishop James Wallace Edwin Dixon II as speaker.
A Gospel Night program is planned for 6 p.m. Monday.