On Monday, Jan. 20, Americans will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. It marks the 25th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy.
To commemorate this day, on Friday at 2:30 p.m. in the Goldstein Center for Performing Arts, Georgia Military College will host the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ceremony.
Floyd Griffin, former state Senator and former Milledgeville Mayor, will be the guest speaker for the event.
GMC is excited to welcome back Julian Boddie, the first African American graduate of Georgia Military College Preparatory School, to be honored at the event.
Boddie was 14 years old, a high school freshman, when he started at GMC Prep School.
He said he’s grateful for the experience he had during his time there.
“Starting as a 14-year-old was tough,” Boddie said. “Most of the white cadets were somewhat standoffish, but the overall GMC Prep experience was good. What I really learned was about the diversity of people. It taught me how to deal with people from different cultures and backgrounds. I think I am better for attending GMC Prep, than not.”
After graduating from GMC Prep School in 1971, Boddie went on to join the Navy, and has been living in Atlanta since retiring in 1992. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 22 years, and has since retired.
Today, he and his wife own and operate Wings of a Dove Christian Academy, a child development center.