The Spiritual Voices of Ft. Myers make their second appearance at St. Michael’s for the celebration.
The Spiritual Voices of Ft. Myers make their second appearance at St. Michael’s for the celebration.
St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church invites the entire Sanibel/Captiva and Ft. Myers region to join in its fourth annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Celebration, 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 21, at the church. As the first church in Lee County—and one of the first Episcopal churches in Florida—to integrate, St. Michael’s is especially pleased to host this important annual event.

Keynote speaker for the evening is Michele Hylton-Terry, Executive Director of the Community Redevelopment Agency in Ft. Myers. Hylton-Terry oversees CRA staff, programs, activities and initiatives that enhance business and economic development in the City of Fort Myers redevelopment areas. She has spearheaded growth for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Velasco Village, and the Dunbar/Michigan redevelopment areas. She has also collaborated in the redevelopment of Clemente Park.

Hylton-Terry has been a member of the Florida City County Managers Association, and co-chair of the City of Fort Myers Employee Special Events Committee and United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades Allocations Team. She was a board member of the Lee County Neighborhood Accountability Board. She is currently a board member of Basic Learning Skills Foundation and Unity of Fort Myers.

The event, which is free and open to the public, includes a performance by the Victorious Dance Ministry of the First Assembly Cornerstone in Fort Myers, and an appearance by the popular Gospel group, The Spiritual Voices of Ft. Myers, Florida. The program also features thirteen-year-old Zaire Saldana, an eighth-grade student at Cypress Lake Middle School, who, by popular demand, appears for a fourth time, to give a memorized recitation from King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

Under the direction of Minister of Music Hank Glass, the St. Michael’s Parish Choir begins the program with two spirituals, There is a Balm in Gilead, featuring soloists Janet Burgan, Anne-Marie Bouché and Maria Zoltek, and Ride the Chariot, with Bouché and Mary Ann Boorn.

The event concludes with the Spiritual Voices and the Parish Choir leading the audience in a sing-along of “We Shall Overcome.”

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration is followed by a reception in the Church’s Parish Hall.

To inquire about this and other special events at St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, contact Rector Ellen Sloan, 2304 Periwinkle Way, 472-2173 / www.saintmichaels-sanibel.org.