Pro­grams, ac­tiv­i­ties for MLK hol­i­day

The Covington News - - THE SECOND FRONT - DANIELLE EVER­SON de­v­er­son@cov­

Newton County’s Martin Luther King Jr. Hol­i­day Ob­ser­vance Com­mit­tee is pre­par­ing for its an­nual MLK Ecumenical Pro­gram and in­vites the pub­lic to at­tend and par­tic­i­pate in its ac­tiv­i­ties, which in­clude some new ini­tia­tives.

The 2014 MLK Jr. Ecumenical Pro­gram will take place at 3 p.m. Sun­day, Jan. 19, in the new Newton High School au­di­to­rium, 1 Ram Way.

Dis­trict 43 Sen. Ron­ald B. Ram­sey Sr. will be the keynote speaker, and the pro­gram will in­clude per­for­mances by county youths and mu­sic by an in­ter­de­nom­i­na­tional choir. Any­one who would like to par­tic­i­pate should con­tact Reta Cobb at 770-7864423 af­ter 6:30 pm. Also on the pro­gram will be pre­sen­ta­tions of the “I Have a Dream Award,” the “Trail­blazer Award,” and the new “Young Dreamer Award.”

Each year dur­ing the pro­gram, cit­i­zens of Newton County rec­og­nize out­stand­ing in­di­vid­u­als and/ or or­ga­ni­za­tions whose ser­vice to the com­mu­nity em­bod­ies Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s phi­los­o­phy on so­cial jus­tice and com­mu­nity em­pow­er­ment.

This year, the com­mit­tee added the pre­sen­ta­tion of a “Young Dreamer Award,” which will rec­og­nize two young cit­i­zens of the county. Award win­ners were nom­i­nated by com­mu­nity res­i­dents. Nom­i­na­tion cri­te­ria for each of the awards are as fol­lows:

I Have a Dream Award

The nom­i­nee must have given at least two years of ser­vice to the Newton County com­mu­nity, must be a reg­is­tered voter, and should be af­fil­i­ated with a church/syn­a­gogue/wor­ship center.

A nom­i­nee’s con­tri­bu­tions must be non-prof­itable and vis­i­ble to the com­mu­nity and must be non-dis­crim­i­na­tory. The nom­i­nee must be some­one who mod­els a spirit of peace and unity, who will ini­ti­ate and sup­port change, is en­dowed with a hum­ble spirit, and is stead­fast in his/her con­vic­tions. The nom­i­nee also must fos­ter and sup­port ed­u­ca­tion at all lev­els.

Trail­blazer Award

The nom­i­nee must be a long­time cit­i­zen of Newton County, a reg­is­tered voter, a cre­ator of change in the com­mu­nity and fol­low through to im­ple­men­ta­tion. The change fa­cil­i­tated by the nom­i­nee must be a ben­e­fit to the com­mu­nity. The nom­i­nee must be re­source­ful and com­mit­ted to all as­pects of the county, and must fos­ter a co­he­sive spirit of peace, unity, diver­sity and love.

Young Dreamer Award

The nom­i­nee must be a cit­i­zen of Newton County who is en­rolled a pub­lic school in the county in grades K-5 or 6-12. The nom­i­nee must also have a demon­strated in­ter­est in fos­ter­ing peace, unity, diver­sity and love among his/ her peers.

Be­cause the Martin Luther King Jr. Ecumenical Pro­gram is a com­mu­nity-funded event, the com­mit­tee wel­comes fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tions. Do­na­tions can be mailed to: MLK Ecumenical Ser­vice, c/o Josephine Brown, P.O. Box 185, Cov­ing­ton, GA 30015.

In ad­di­tion to the an­nual pro­gram, sev­eral other or­ga­ni­za­tions will host ac­tiv­i­ties in ob­ser­vance of the Martin Luther King Jr. hol­i­day. Those events are as fol­lows:

Newton County Martin Luther King Jr. Schol­ar­ship Fund

Each year, in mem­ory of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., cit­i­zens of Newton County, the Newton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers and Ox­ford Col­lege of Emory Univer­sity pro­vide a four-year, full-tu­ition schol­ar­ship to a grad­u­at­ing high school stu­dent who is a Newton County res­i­dent.

Ox­ford Col­lege must re­ceive com­pleted ad­mis­sion ap­pli­ca­tions and King Schol­ar­ship ap­pli­ca­tions by March 1. In ad­di­tion, stu­dents who ap­ply must com­plete the FAFSA and CSS Pro­file by March 1.

The King Fund Se­lec­tion Com­mit­tee will base its se­lec­tion on a stu­dent’s aca­demic merit, fi­nan­cial need, level of ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties, and the qual­ity of a re­quired es­say.

2014 Rams United -Hands on Newton Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Ac­tiv­i­ties

Con­sis­tent with the hol­i­day’s theme of “A Day On, Not a Day Off,” stu­dents from Newton High School, along with Hands on Newton, are co­or­di­nat­ing a few county-wide ser­vice projects, in­clud­ing a coat drive, a food drive, and a video com­pi­la­tion of oral his­to­ries of Newton County cit­i­zens re­gard­ing the civil rights move­ment in the county.

The event will con­clude with a youth rally. For more in­for­ma­tion on how mem­bers of your or­ga­ni­za­tion can par­tic­i­pate, con­tact Mol­lie Melvin of Hands on Newton at 770330-7405.

2014 Ox­ford Col­lege cam­pus celebration

Ox­ford Col­lege of Emory Univer­sity will hold its an­nual MLK com­mem­o­ra­tive ser­vice at 7:30 p.m. Tues­day, Jan. 28, at Old Church at the in­ter­sec­tion of Wes­ley and Fletcher streets in Ox­ford. The keynote speaker will be Ge­or­gia State Rep. and House Mi­nor­ity Leader Stacey Abrams.

Youth Lead­er­ship Workshop

The 3rd An­nual MLK Youth Lead­er­ship Sem­i­nar, co­or­di­nated and fa­cil­i­tated by past re­cip­i­ents of the Ox­ford Col­lege Martin Luther King Jr. Schol­ar­ship and Ox­ford Col­lege of Emory Univer­sity, will be held Feb. 15.

The half-day workshop at Ox­ford Col­lege pro­vides lo­cal high school stu­dents with the op­por­tu­nity to dis­cover their strengths as in­di­vid­u­als and iden­tify ways to ap­ply their strengths in all as­pects of their lives. Reg­is­tra­tion and ap­pli­ca­tion in­for­ma­tion for the listed pro­grams can be found at Cov­

File photo /The Cov­ing­ton News

The Turner Lake In­ter­pre­tive Dancers per­formed an old church hym­nal for the au­di­ence at the 28th an­nual Martin Luther King Jr. Ecumenical Pro­gram held in the Porter Me­mo­rial Au­di­to­rium at Newton High School as one of sev­eral MLK pro­grams in 2013.

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