MLK cel­e­bra­tion to be held Jan. 16

The Covington News - - The second front - By Gabriel Khouli

Newton County’s 26th an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will take place at 3 p.m. Jan. 16 at Newton High School’s Porter Me­mo­rial Au­di­to­rium.

The pres­ti­gious, lo­cal I Have a Dream and Trail­blazer awards will be given out. The I Have a Dream Award is given to a per­son who ex­em­pli­fies the phi­los­o­phy of Dr. Martin Luther King and was given to lo­cal den­tist Melvin O. Baker last year.

The Trail­blazer Award is given to a Newton County res­i­dent who is known for their ser­vice to the com­mu­nity and was given to Sher­iff Ezell Brown last year.

This year’s key­note speaker will be Rev. Sharma D. Lewis, the newly ap­pointed district su­per­in­ten­dent of the At­lanta-De­catur-Ox­ford District of the United Methodist Church.

“She is a leader with a vi­sion for all peo­ple, and she proclaims not what she has read, but what she has lived and breathed con­cern­ing all of God’s peo­ple,” ac­cord­ing to the press re­lease.

Lewis has three de­grees, in­clud­ing a mas­ter’s in bi­ol­ogy from the Uni­ver­sity of West Ge­or­gia and a mas­ter of di­vin­ity in bib­li­cal stud­ies from Gam­mon Sem­i­nary at the In­ter­de­nom­i­na­tional The­o­log­i­cal Cen­ter in At­lanta. She is the 14th pas­tor in her fam­ily.

File Photo/The Cov­ing­ton News

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