Speaker for Ellicott City MLK Day event taps her own learning experience [Pictures]
The Rev. Gertie T. Williams feels at home when she volunteers at the restored Ellicott City Colored School on Frederick Road. From grades one through seven, she attended a nearly identical two-room schoolhouse for African-American students. So when county officials hit upon the idea of holding an open house Jan. 21 on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Ellicott City facility ¿ the first Howard school for black children built with county funds ¿ Williams was the obvious choice to give the invocation, said Jacque Galke, supervisor of the county¿s heritage program. The event will also feature a display of photographs, and Baltimore artist Mark Cottman will exhibit his painting titled ¿African American Inventions.¿
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MLK Jr. Learning Experience
Rev. Gertie T. Williams, 76 and a retired pastor, will give the opening prayer at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at the Ellicott City Colored School on Jan. 21.