Following the tribute service, a community cookout will be held at Huley Park at 2 p.m. with food, music and vendors. A social justice panel will discuss community and social issues.
“This year we’re adding a social justice panel where they will talk about community issues particularly in the context of Dr. King’s dream,” Little said. “We will have official panelists and take questions from the crowd; we want to make this as interactive as possible.”
Quentin Howell, a well-known political figure within the community, is slated to be among the panelist of community and religious leaders and elected officials facilitating discussions on topics ranging in social, racial, religion and economics.
“The day will be a time to celebrate with a purpose and move the entire community forward. The goal of the panel discussion is to continue the conversation after the day is over. If you continue the conversation, you can find some solutions,” Howell said. “I think this panel discussion will be the highlight of the afternoon. This is a good time to bring the community together across racial and economic divides and move forward in a positive direction.”
Georgia College also will hold a food-and-book drive through Friday, Feb. 8 to benefit the Twin Lakes Library System, Baldwin State Prison and Cafe Central.
“The book drive is a new component this year. Mass incarceration is an increasingly important issue, and literacy is an important part of that,” Little said. “We want to try to reach out to that population and kids as well. We thought a book drive would be great to start it off and then who knows what will come of it later on.”
Non-perishable goods and gently used books can be dropped off at Walter B. Williams Park and around Georgia College’s campus, including the Cultural Center at the Smith House, Sandella’s on West Campus, Library & Instructional Technology Center and The Max dining hall on main campus.