2018-01-10 / Front Page

MLK celebrations this week


The annual parade is just one way the Burke County community is celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Co-sponsored by Burke County Improvement Association and Burke Black Churches Benevolent Association, the event will take place this Saturday, Jan. 13. This year’s theme is “Dreamers: Stay Woke, Stay Focused.” The march/parade will start along Brentwood Drive at 1 p.m. and will continue down North Liberty Street to West Ninth Street, then MLK Drive and will culminate at CSRA EOA Burke County Head Start Center, located on College Street. A program at the Head Start Center will immediately follow, and refreshments will be served.

Organizers will accept entries through today (Wednesday). Contact Jackie Payton at 706.437.1758. For refreshment donations contact Luberda Jenkins at 706.871.5030 or Benjamin Dorsett at 706.513.9696.

The Burke County Sapphirettes will continue a tradition they began decades ago: Freedom School 2018 will be held on Monday, Jan. 15, at 10 a.m. at 518 College St. in Waynesboro with the theme “Voting, Then & Now.” Community organizer Natalie Herrington says she herself has learned many lessons from Freedom School, which was created to honor Dr. King. “I remember attending as a child,” she says, “and it’s an honor to be a part of it this year.” She went on to say that there will be a mock campaign, ballot and election, a demonstration on how to properly use the voting machines as well as entertainment and a skit. “We want those attending to walk away wanting to exercise their right to vote and to appreciate the sacrifices that were made for the right to vote. I think because of the various present day movements, Dr. King’s achievements are sometimes taken for granted. Our youth need to know his work made movements like Black Lives Matter possible.”

Freedom School is free and open to children aged 5-17 and adults.

Herrington will also be the guest speaker for the MLK Ecumenical Celebration on Thursday, Jan. 11. The program, which begins at 6:30 p.m., will be held at Neely Grove CME Church, 1051 Herman Lodge Blvd. This event is also cosponsored by Burke County Improvement Association and Burke Black Churches Benevolent Association, and the theme is “MLK50 Forward: Together We Win with Love for Humanity.”

The Augusta Regional Clients Council Inc. will also hold a program celebrating the 89th birthday of the civil rights activist. The program, called “One Night with The King,” will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18, and will also be at Neely Grove.

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