Polk County pre­par­ing for MLK Day

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As the win­ter hol­i­days wrap up, a group of Polk County res­i­dents are get­ting ready for another round of cel­e­bra­tions start­ing next week­end and cul­mi­nat­ing in a march down Main Street in Cedar­town.

The an­nual hol­i­day hon­or­ing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is com­ing up on Mon­day, Jan. 15 and groups like the Youth Work­ing To­gether for a “Speedy” Aware­ness and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Cedar­town are al­ready busy with prepa­ra­tions for the event.

The YWTSA went to the Cedar­town City Com­mis­sion to ask once again for a procla­ma­tion hon­or­ing Dr. King’s life and im­pact on the world at large.

This was their 10th year go­ing be­fore the Com­mis­sion to seek the procla­ma­tion, which they re­ceived unan­i­mously.

The group will be back in ac­tion dur­ing the week­end with their MLK “Youth” In­fu­sion, a se­ries de­signed to boost youth par­tic­i­pa­tion in ed­u­ca­tional, lib­eral arts, com­mu­nity ser­vice and po­lit­i­cal aware­ness events.

That in­cludes the 15th an­nual MLK “Youth” Pa­rade of Tal­ent and Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Rally at Friend­ship Bap­tist Church in Cedar­town at 4 p.m.

This year’s theme “Mea­sure Up!” is meant to in­spire ev­ery­one to get in­volved in ef­forts of not just self- im­prove­ment, but also im­prove­ment in our re­la­tion­ships at-large.

The Rev. Terry Ter­rell Ba­gley of Birm­ing­ham will be the keynote speaker. He is or­ga­nizer of the Hand to Hand Min­istry and for­mer board mem­ber on the Cal­houn County chap­ter of the South­ern Chris­tian Lead­er­ship Con­fer­ence.

Lo­cal lead­ers will also speak, youth groups will per­form and awards will be given out. They ask those who at­tend to bring canned goods and old coats.

The an­nual Polk County Martin Luther King Jr. break­fast will be com­ing up on Jan. 13 from 9 to 10 a.m. in Led­bet­ter Hall at the Cedar Lake Chris­tian Cen­ter in Cedar­town.

Speak­ers for this year’s event are the Rev. Bobby Church of Ma­ri­etta Street UMC and the Rev. Neil Hooper of Cedar Lake Chris­tian Cen­ter.

Tick­ets, at $10, can be pur­chased call­ing Jen­nifer Hud­son at 706-3465494, Lynda Kel­ley Dave at 770-375-0144, For­rest McCombs Sr. at 770-5469199 or Min­is­ter Don­narae Bradley 706-238-2457.

The week­end cel­e­bra­tions will wrap up on MLK Day with the 13th an­nual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Walk.

The Jan. 15 event will start at 1:30 p.m. and lo­cals are en­cour­aged to march down Cedar­town’s Main Street, start­ing at the cor­ner of Thomp­son and Rock streets. Hot chili will be served at the Turner Street Cen­ter fol­low­ing the walk.

This year’s speak­ers in­clude State Su­per­in­ten­dent can­di­date Rev. Sam Mosteller and Rev. Khryi Rogers, the pas­tor of St. Luke Bap­tist Church as spe­cial guest and host at events fol­low­ing the march in Hol­loway Park.

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