MILLEDGEVILLE — The Baldwin County community united Monday to rejoice in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy and remind residents of his visions, words and philosophies.
Marching alongside community leaders, Georgia College students and staff, and citizens of all ages and backgrounds from Huley Park to Flagg Chapel Baptist Church Monday afternoon inspired Faris Flournoy, Baldwin High School alumnus and local businessman, to pay homage to “the late, great fraternity brother of Alpha Phi Alpha, Dr. King.”
“Dr. King’s leadership led the nation. We’re walking in his steps that he led for us today,” Flournoy said. “It’s important for the community to participate ... and to continue that conversation.”
The national Day of Service kicked off in the community with volunteers beautifying the grounds of Eagle Ridge Elementary School Monday morning. Communities In Schools of Milledgeville-Baldwin County (CISMBC) and the Communities In Schools AmeriCorps Tutor Program partnered with Georgia Power Company and Georgia College Gamma Sigma Sigma students to complete various projects, including picking up trash, trimming shrubs, painting 12 bathrooms, sanding and painting outside railings and checking power throughout the building.
“Christi Tyson, who is the CIS site coordinator at Eagle Ridge, organized the event along with [Eagle Ridge Principal] Jeanette Scott, the assistant principal and Phil Hartley, who works with all of the schools on special projects. We had over 50 volunteers,” CISMBC Executive Director Sandy Baxter said. “It was such a success. I think it was a wonderful way to honor the legacy Dr. King left us in working together, especially at a school; it’s a valuable experience for all of us. I think everybody felt good about honoring this special day and a special man that this day stands for.”
Starting at Huley Park at noon, a group of around 75 citizens marched and sang their way to Flagg Chapel for a tribute service. Throughout the march, students from Georgia College’s Department of English and Rhetoric delivered excerpts from Dr. King’s speeches.