(41NBC/WMGT) — Martin Luther King Jr. Day is coming up this Monday, on January 17th, and many are looking for ways to honor Dr. King this weekend. Read more to see what you can do in the community in order to celebrate the impact that Dr. King had, both during, and after his lifetime.
Georgia Military College plans to host their Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ceremony in Milledgeville on Friday, January 14th, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. The event is slated to take place at the Goldstein Center for Performing Arts on GMC’s Main Campus. Captain William “T” Thompson will be the keynote speaker of the event, sharing his experiences through integration– from his first day of high school when he was escorted by law enforcement as he took his place in an all-white school in South Carolina, to his accomplishments in the U.S. Air Force Academy, working as a pilot, and more. The event to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is free and open to the public, and is also being livestreamed for those who can’t make it in person here: https://video.ibm.com/channel/eBmVXkAk5HY.
Big Wynn’s Superstars of comedy in association with Remarkable Entertainment are presenting “Living the Dream”, a comedy event on Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday weekend where Comedians Rob Stapleton, “Damn Fool”, and Lavar Walker will be featured in a show at the Carey W. Martin Conference Center at 233 N. Houston Rd. in Warner Robins. The event takes place on Saturday, January 15th, 2022, and doors open to the event at 6:30 p.m., with the show beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $30, tables can also be reserved ahead of time. Call (478) 342-5151 to reserve your VIP table ahead of time.
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Competition is also scheduled to be held at the Elaine Lucas Senior Center at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 16th, 2022. Go to 132 Willie Smokie Glover Drive in Macon to see what’s going on, for more information call 478-219-2091.
The Annual MLK Breakfast with the Tubman Museum will be taking place at 8:30 a.m. at 310 Cherry Street in Macon on Monday, January 17th. Breakfast will be in the back parking lot.
Commissioner Elaine Lucas will be hosting the Commemorative MLK Assembly at Rosa Parks Square in Downtown Macon at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 17th, 2022. The event will take place across from the City Hall Building, masks and social distancing guidelines will be enforced. The celebration is scheduled to have speakers, prayer, and music.
The Houston County Branch of the NAACP is working to make Monday, January 17th, a “day on, not a day off“, by hosting a day of service. The Houston Branch of the NAACP is planning to partner with the Georgia Poor People’s Campaign and Umoja Cycling Club for a 9:00 A.M. march, motorcade and cyclist ride that will start at Warner Robins City Hall at 700 Watson Blvd and end at Winning Church at 621 Walnut Street. All members of the NAACP Houston County Branch are invited to stay after the march and join local pastors in prayer for the city and nation during fellowship. Due to COVID protocol the breakfast is limited to the first 50 registrants, which must be active members of the NAACP. Temperatures will be checked at the door, and face masks are required. Anyone interested in becoming a member of the NAACP Houston County Branch is urged to contact JaMelle Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org. Register for the event here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/martin-luther-king-prayer-breakfast-tickets-234026097357
The Grater Allen Chapel AME Church will also be hosting a “Day of Service” on Monday January 17th, 2022. The event starts at 1:00 p.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m., there will be a live DJ, free COVID vaccinations and boosters, free hot dogs, a clothes giveaway, insurance information, voter registration, and more.