November 19th at 4 p.m. residents of the City of Sulphur Springs are invited to attend “One” at Celebration Plaza. The event will feature all present singing “What the World Needs Now is Love Sweet Love”. The event is focused on developing a moment of unity for all who live in the city, according to City Manager Marc Maxwell.
Maxwell says the show is those present as they join voices in the song. He states that he hopes thousands of local residents will attend. The event will be videoed and will serve as a reminder that “We are all one…” whether white, black, Hispanic, Asian, no matter our religion or gender. Shannon Askew from Morning Chapel Church will lead those present. Calvin Hickerson will be the accompaniment. Maxwell said he thinks those present will for a moment feel they are one.
The motivation for the event is based on an experience Maxwell had two days after the tragic shooting of police officers in Dallas. He views a video of 1500 people singing “Hallelujah”. (video found here).
Maxwell said people think of their city in physical terms—streets, water, sewer—but people should have an emotional connection to their city. He stated that Sulphur Springs is a special city but this event will add to that experience.