This year the MLK Planning Committee has numerous events commencing after the work at county schools including a noon commemorative march from Huley Park to Flagg Chapel Baptist Church.
“It’s in remembrance of all the civil rights leaders including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who came before us,” Emmanuel Little, chair of the MLK planning committee, said.
At 1 p.m., Flagg Chapel hosts the annual MLK Tribute Service. A community cookout at Huley Park featuring food, music, vendors and fellowship follows at 3 p.m.
A “Conversations to Action” discussion panel will convene at this time to discuss community and social issues related to the topics of social, racial, religion and economics.
“It’s kind of a full day, but we hope it allows people to get out and interact with people in the community whether through community service or fellowship or if nothing else to realize how important it is to further Dr. King’s cause for social justice,” Little said.
Baxter said CISMBC and Georgia College are closely coordinating their efforts for Jan. 20. Having the community join hands to improve local surroundings aligns with Dr. King’s message.
“We can all lead by example working together. I think that is one of the best lessons you can give is to take action, and let others see we are working together to better our community,” Baxter said. “His dream was for his children to have a better life. That’s what most parents dream is for their children to have it better than them. Working together on that day provides that us that opportunity.”
GIVE Center Director Kendall Stiles conducts the MLK Day volunteer gathering efforts.
She knows students and citizens can’t do everything but encourages some action to make a difference.
“It’s an important day. Individuals in not just our community but others as well should honor Dr. King. It’s done in different ways for different people,” Stiles said. “People have to figure out what part of the day would you like to do to honor him. Our goal is to get as many people in the community as well as all the college and high school students involved in that day.”