MLK Observance group accepting nominations
The Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Observance Committee is seeking nominations for its 2017 scholarship and community awards.
Each year during Newton County’s annual Ecumenical Service Newton County residents recognize outstanding individuals and/or organizations whose service to the community embodies the tenets of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s philosophy on social justice and community empowerment.
The I Have a Dream Award recognizes a person who contributes to the community, models a spirit of peace and unity, will initiate and support change, is endowed with a humble spirit and is steadfast in their convictions.
The Trailblazer Award recognizes a creator of change in the community who is resourceful and committed to all aspects of the county and fosters a cohesive spirit of peace, unity, diversity and love.
The Young Dreamer Award recognizes a young Newton County resident enrolled in a Newton County public school in grades kindergarten through fifth or sixth through 12. The nominee must have demonstrated interest in fostering peace, unity, diversity and love among his peers.
Each nomination should include the name address and contact phone number of the person making the nomination, the name and address of the nominee (including school and grades for the Young Dreamer Award) and a typed state- ment explaining how the nominee meets or exceeds the criteria for the award.
Nominations should be mailed to MLK 2017 Awards, c/o Mrs. Josephone Brown, P.O. Box 185, Covington, GA 30015. All nomination materials should be received by noon, Dec. 31.
“There are people who have served in the county to help make it better for people that are downtrodden,” said MLK Holiday Observance Committee member Josephine Brown. “Dr. King’s philosophy was looking out for your brother. We are our brother’s keepers.”
The MLK Ecumenical Service will be held at Newton High School on Jan. 15, featuring the presentation of awards and a performance by the MLK Interdenominational Choir.
Rehearsal for the Interdenominational Choir begins Nov. 28 7 p.m. at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 2177 Usher Street, Covington. For more information on joining the choir, call Reta Cobb at 770786-4423.
There are people who have served in the county to help make it better for people that are downtrodden. Dr. King’s philosophy was looking out for your brother. We are our brother’s keepers.” — Josephine Brown, MLK Holiday Observance Committee member