MLK events scheduled throughout the year in 2015

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be presented in tours,
plays, and concerts across Middle Georgia.

Dr. King was born January 15, 1929.  Next year, Americans will celebrate his birthday on Monday, January 19.

The Macon-Bibb County Commission announced Thursday it has a year-long calendar of events planned to honor the slain civil rights leader.

“What we want to do is make sure that people know the man,” says Macon-Bibb County District 3 Commissioner Elaine Lucas.

Performances centered around Dr. King’s work will continue throughout 2015. The goal is to re-introduce the slain civil rights leader to a new generation.

“Many of our children have not read, have not been taught about this great man,” added Lucas. “They just see this black man that we celebrate, we have a holiday, we have a day out of school or a day off work.”

The MLK Commission is working with community groups across the county to bring his legacy closer to home.

There will be an Emancipation Worship service on January 1 at New Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial parade will be held on January 19 in downtown Macon.

On February 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Beulahland Bible Church, a “Letter from the Birmingham Jail” will be brought to life by renowned violinist Robert McDuffie and the Mercer University Strings.

“We’re trying to expand this to all people and let them know that it wasn’t about a black man, it was about a man who did a lot of good,” continued Lucas.

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