First Baptist Church of Southington is hosting its 25th in-person Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Sunday, Jan. 15. This is Southington’s only ceremony recognizing the late Dr. King, his mission and accomplishments.

The event, which is themed “Equality in the Future/Quality of Education,” is part of the 10 a.m. worship and a special reception will follow.

The guest speaker will be Veronica Marion, Ed.D., manager of the Connecticut Statewide Family Engagement Center which strives to improve student social, emotional and academic outcomes through strong family, school and community partnerships. Marion, a resident of Waterbury, has dedicated her career to working with and for children and families through a variety of roles with resource centers and educational programs.

“We are proud that for 25 years First Baptist Church has celebrated and remembered Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It is more important than ever to keep his ideas alive,” said Phyllis Wade, chairperson of the church’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration committee.

In connection with the Martin Luther King Jr observance, two students will be honored at their schools for their character and accomplishments. The 2023 honorees are Mame Diop from John F. Kennedy Middle School and Jack Denorfia of Joseph DePaolo Middle School.

Town officials and council members have been invited and the public is welcome. For more information, visit the church website or call the office at (860) 628-8121.