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MLK Day observance to span two days

Two days of events are on tap for the Martin Luther Kind, Jr. Day observance here in Lamar County. Events kick off Sunday, January 15 with the Beloved Community Commemorative Service which will be held at 6 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church on Johnstonville Road.

According to organizer Chris Hightower, the service will pay tribute to Dr. King and serve as a reunion for participants in past.

Hightower founded the celebration in 1992 as an opportunity to empower and encourage local youth as they developed their leadership skills and demonstrated their talents. “I am proud that those who were once participants are now young adults who are professionals in many fields and positive citizens in our community and throughout the nation,” Hightower said.

Rev. Coleman Dumas, pastor of Stone Well Worship Center in Thomaston will deliver the keynote address. Also featured will be Bishop LaDamium Raines. The Fellowship of Champions choir and the Stone Well choir will perform.

The Beloved Community March will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday, January 16. Participants will line up at the E. P. Roberts Center at 9 a.m. The march will begin at 9:30 and end at the courthouse for a program featuring county commission chairman Ryran Traylor as the keynote speaker.

The celebration will conclude with a food giveaway at noon led by Rev. Terrence Curtis and Calvary Baptist Church. Food boxes will be available at the church which is located at 968 Veterans Parkway.

All events are sponsored by the Lamar County chapter of the NAACP. For more information, call 470.352.9287.

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