Re­main­ing ‘united’ in King’s legacy

Com­mu­nity gath­ers in sev­eral events dur­ing week­end to cel­e­brate Martin Luther King Jr.

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The an­nual cel­e­bra­tions of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. got un­der­way this week­end and con­tin­ued through Mon­day af­ter press time as the com­mu­nity came out to re­mem­ber the legacy of Amer­ica’s civil rights cham­pion.

Book fairs, break­fasts, walks and the wrap-up cel­e­bra­tion at the Cedar­town Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter were all part of the events held to honor King and those who have in years past pushed for­ward the need for equal rights across the coun­try.

Along with the Youth Work­ing To­ward a “Speedy” Aware­ness, the Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions Com­mis­sion and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Cedar­town all held events start­ing last Thurs­day and wrap­ping up this past Mon­day night.

A large crowd gath­ered on Satur­day morn­ing to cel­e­brate dur­ing the an­nual Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions Com­mis­sion’s an­nual MLK Break­fast.

The Rev. James Wright Jr. of Cedar Springs Bap­tist Church of Cedar­town pro­vided this year’s ad­dress to the an­nual break­fast, and cen­tered his mes­sage around the need for trans­for­ma­tion in the way Chris­tians be­lieve and vote.

“United We Stand” was the topic last Satur­day he was asked to speak on, but he said that it was hard to dis­cuss the topic be­cause “the coun­try is di­vided in 50 dif­fer­ent ways.”

He pointed out to the au­di­ence at the break­fast that they needed to trans­form all parts of them­selves to be bet­ter Chris­tians, and that would lead to greater unity be­tween peo­ple.

Wright called for the crowd to come to­gether, and said the work to­ward unity re­quires daily work to reach out to all and stand up for “Chris­tian rights.” “We must love, be­cause love con­quers all things,” Wright said.

As the cel­e­bra­tions over the week­end con­tin­ued for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Cedar­town’s Friend­ship Bap­tist Church hosted their six­teenth an­nual MLK Jr. “Youth” In­fu­sion cel­e­bra­tion on Sun­day evening.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion and other spon­sors used the gath­er­ing to hand out the com­mu­nity and lead­er­ship awards, let youth show off their tal­ents, and honor lo­cal civil rights trail­blaz­ers for their work and progress to­wards a bet­ter so­ci­ety over the week­end.

Frank Ken­neth Jones was named 2019’s trail­blazer and will be hon­ored along­side for­mer re­cip­i­ents of the award in­clud­ing 2014 trail­blazer Sarah Dar­den, 2015 trail­blaz­ers Gla­dys Gip­son and David Huskins, 2016 trail­blazer John Callins, 2017 trail­blazer Mary Callins, and 2018 trail­blazer Estella McDer­mott.

Those who took part also got to wit­ness this year’s MLK Jr. Procla­ma­tion from the Cedar­town Board of Com­mis­sion­ers, and key­note speak­ers, dance per­for­mances, and much more prom­ise to make the event worth at­tend­ing.

Mon­day events wrapped up af­ter press time with the an­nual MLK Walk held in down­town Cedar­town on Main Street, and the 30th an­nual cel­e­bra­tion at the Cedar­town Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter dur­ing the evening. They also hon­ored com­mu­nity mem­bers who were fi­nal­ists for hon­ors for giv­ing back in Polk County.

This year’s nom­i­nees in­cluded but weren’t limited to James Di­a­mond for his role as a youth sports or­ga­nizer and in­spi­ra­tional speaker, and Betty and Clint Corn­wall of Help­ing Hands Food Pantry for their nearly two decades of pro­vid­ing food to Polk County res­i­dents in need.

Com­mu­nity vol­un­teer Hardy Sams also was nom­i­nated for 2019, along with Joan Young.

Check back in the Jan. 30 edi­tion for more on the nom­i­nees and win­ners and ad­di­tional MLK cel­e­bra­tion cov­er­age.

/ Kevin Myrick

Apos­tle Trixie Mor­gan lent her voice to the pro­ceed­ings of the 2019 MLK Jr. Break­fast at the Cedar Lake Chris­tian Cen­ter in Cedar­town on Satur­day morn­ing, Jan. 19.

/ Kevin Myrick

Betty Corn­wall, the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor for Help­ing Hands, was one of the four nom­i­nees for com­mu­nity ser­vice awards in 2019. She gave her thanks for the nom­i­na­tion at the an­nual MLK break­fast on Jan. 19, 2019, and said she and her hus­band Clint pro­vide their vol­un­teer help not seek­ing fan­fare.

/ Kevin Myrick

The Ma­ri­etta Street Adult Dance Min­istry pro­vided worship through dance dur­ing the 2019 MLK Jr. Break­fast held at the Cedar Lake Chris­tian Cen­ter in Cedar­town on Satur­day morn­ing, Jan. 19, 2019.

/ Kevin Myrick

Marvin Wil­liams was one of sev­eral who of­fered their voices in song and praise dur­ing the an­nual MLK Break­fast at Cedar Lake Chris­tian Cen­ter on Satur­day morn­ing, Jan. 19.

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