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MLK Day theme, schedule released
2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade participants perform a dance routine on the parade route. - photo by File photo
The Liberty County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Association recently announced the theme and a schedule of events for the 2011 observance celebration.
“‘Back to the Basics … Saving a Generation — Education, Service and Integrity’ is the focus,” said association president the Rev. Dr. Alvin Jackson.
The theme is a carryover from the 2010 celebration with additional emphasis on education, service and integrity, which have proven to be the foundation of every successful generation, Jackson said.
“We really want to impact our community and save this young generation. We are concerned about education; we are concerned about teaching our children to serve beyond what they can get. We are concerned that integrity has become a bad word in some segments of our society. Last year, we urged ‘doing the right things.’ This year, we want to keep advocating doing the right things, as well as doing the right things through education, serving others and integrity,” he said.
The Liberty County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Association is a nonprofit organization founded to promote the dream and vision of the slain civil rights leader. Martin Luther King Jr. was born on Jan. 15, 1929 in Atlanta. He played a role in desegregating schools and other public facilities and the acceleration of the civil rights movement. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday observed on the third Monday of January each year. King was assassinated in 1968.
The 2011 events open Jan. 14 with a musical narrative titled “If My People,” at Bethel AME Church, 233 Gause St. Liberty County Commissioner Donald Lovette wrote and will produce the narrative. Other weekend events include the annual leadership breakfast at Dorchester Academy in Midway and a youth event designed to showcase participants’ talents and generate interest. The festivities conclude with a parade and annual commemorative service on Monday, Jan. 17. All of the events are free, but donations will be accepted.
“Over the years, we have tried to make a difference in our community. One of our main goals through events like the annual celebration and our golf tournament, which is held in April each year, is to use our funds for academic scholarships. We want our crowds to grow larger and we want to be able to make a larger impact. We can continue to do this through the donations received from local businesses, organizations, citizens and local churches,” Jackson said.
Area organizations, agencies, businesses and churches are invited to participate in the parade at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 17. Participation is free, but registration is required. E-mail for more information.
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