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Liberty County set to celebrate MLK Day

POSTED: January 10, 2018 5:00 a.m.

Dorchester Academy, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others planned the civil rights "March on Birmingham."

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From church services to plays to parades, few communities observe the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and celebrate the man behind it like Liberty County.
That means there’s a full slate of activities on tap again this year, starting Friday night with “Follow the Blue Print: From Chain Breakers to Change Makers,” a Love-it production from Liberty County Commission Chairman Donald Lovette.
The performance, which begins at 7 p.m. at Full Gospel Church of God in Christ at 809 Veterans Parkway in Hinesville, will feature the Liberty County Mass Male Choir.
Saturday’s Dr. Martin Luther King Day celebration starts early with the annual “Leadership with the Grand Marshal Breakfast” at 8:30 a.m. at the historic Dorchester Academy, 8787 E. Oglethorpe Highway.
Dorchester Academy, founded after the Civil War as a school for freed slaves, was the site of King’s meetings to plan the 1963 march on Birmingham. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been on a National Landmark since 2006.
That evening, a Youth Extravaganza begins at 6:30 p.m. at Full Gospel COGIC.
Sunday, many area churches will have MLK services as well.
On Monday, Dr. Martin Luther King Day begins at 10 a.m. with a parade through downtown Hinesville, with the lineup at Bradwell Institute.
Afterward, a noon commemorative service at Bradwell will feature Dr. Cheryl Dozier, Savannah State University president.
For more information about upcoming events, check out our community calendar.

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