The Union Recorder


January 4, 2014

Martin Luther King Jr. Day a catalyst for community service

MILLEDGEVILLE — This year marks the 30th anniversary of the federal holiday established to honor the civil rights legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and his contributions to humanity. Locals throughout Baldwin County will join others nationwide Monday, Jan. 20 in acts of service in recognition of the holiday. There is never a shortage of opportunity to honor King’s legacy through service to others and to the community at-large and this year is no exception.

The 30th anniversary of the holiday presents a perfect opportunity to honor King’s legacy through service by contributing time and effort to a need right here locally. 

Locally, events are slated in conjunction with Georgia College, Communities in Schools of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, local businesses area churches and other community and civic organizations, culminating on the actual holiday with the annual program at historic Flagg Chapel Baptist Church. A community cookout at Huley Park featuring food, music, vendors and fellowship follows at 3 p.m.

The national Day of Service will begin with volunteers beautifying local school grounds from 9 a.m. to noon. A “Conversations to Action” discussion panel will convene later in the day, focusing on community and social issues related to the topics of social, racial, religion and economics.

The acts of service and volunteer efforts displayed on the MLK holiday embody a spirit that we can all carry with us all year long for the betterment of the whole community.

There are many local organizations that host positive programs and activities in need of volunteers throughout the year — area churches, civic groups and of course, through area schools.

Whether our Monday is spent helping to clean at a local school, mentoring a child, or simply expressing an act of kindness in our own neighborhood, it has the potential to be the starting point of something greater. Honoring King’s legacy can be a year-long effort; a means to plant a seed of volunteerism in the local community and watch it grow.

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