At noon, the community will march and parade from Huley Park to the Georgia College Arts & Sciences Auditorium. Throughout the march, Georgia College students will deliver excerpts from Dr. King’s speeches in front of the Black Heritage Plaza on McIntosh Street, the Baldwin County Courthouse and Georgia College Magnolia Ballroom.
“The march will hark back to those days of the civil rights movement,” Little said. “We invite people of all ages to come out to the event because it’s a nice way to bring the new generation back to some of the different issues people faced back then.”
A tribute service will follow at 1 p.m. in the Arts & Sciences Auditorium with keynote speaker the Rev. Dr. John Todd Shipp, who has served more than 28 years in the United States Army as a commissioned army officer. Having served as an educator in the Bibb County public school system, Shipp is currently the assistant principal at Lamar County High School.
“The 100 Black Men of Milledgeville will recognize individuals with a plaque for their service and dedication to the community,” Little said. “The tribute is a great way to reflect upon the legacy of Dr. King, and get inspired to community service and social justice.”
Following the tribute service, a community cookout will be held at Huley Park at 3 p.m. for food and fellowship. A “Conversations to Action” discussion panel will also convene to discuss community and social issues related to the topics of social, racial, religion and economics.
“The cookout will be a laid back way for people to interact with each other. We welcome vendors to come out and set up, especially food and activities for children,” Little said. “The discussion panel is an effort to encourage more dialogue about different issues in the local community and nationwide.”