GALLIPOLIS — Al “Scoop” Oliver, former Major League baseball player, 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; and again this year they are partnering up with the University of Rio Grande MLK Committee and the RSVP of the Ohio Valley.
Oliver played 18 years of Major League baseball in both the American and National Leagues, including the 1971 World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates. A few of his accomplishments include: 1969 All Rookie Team, 1982 National League Batting Champion, in 1985 he passed Lou Gehrig on the All Time Hit List and passed Willie Mays on the All time Doubles List. Al Oliver retired February 1986 with a lifetime average of .303; 2,743 career hits and 1,326 RBI’s.
Susan Rogers, Director of RSVP of the Ohio Valley will announce and introduce the MLK Contest Winners and Honorable Mentions at this event in Gallipolis. Local residents will have the chance to hear the top three winners present their speeches (based on “I Have A Dream”) at the MLK celebration in Gallipolis.
This celebration is open to the public free of charge and will be held at Paint Creek Regular Missionary Baptist Church, 833 Third Ave., Gallipolis, Ohio at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 16.