The annual Martin Luther King Jr. March is set for Jan. 15 in Wise, and Rev. William Reid of Bristol, Virginia is the guest speaker for the event.

Sponsored by the UVa-Wise Black History Month Committee, the event begins with a free community dinner at 5:30 p.m. at the Wise Baptist Church. Lineup will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the march will proceed to the First Church of God. The program begins there at 7 p.m.

Reid, born in Anniston, Alabama, was called to the gospel ministry and preached his initial sermon on January 1, 1971. He was ordained by request of the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Anniston and served as interim pastor.

While in high school, Reid worked with many well-known people such as Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Hosea Williams, Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery, and many others in the interests of civil rights and social injustice. He has ministered in Ohio and Tennessee and serves as pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Bristol

Reid, the¬†recipient of many awards, including AHERN Inc. “Distinguished African American Award” for Pastor of the Year, is a seminary graduate who has earned a masters degree in resource education.

Reid serves as a chaplain to Bristol Virginia Police Department. He is married to Sylvia Austin Reid, and they have three children and six grandchildren.