MLK Events Continue This Weekend

Events marking the commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day continue this weekend in Stephens County.

The 23rd annual celebration of Dr. King’s birthday began with events last week in Stephens County.

Those events included an art competition, a talent and fashion show, and an oratorical/essay competition.

This weekend, there are two public events.

First, a “Senior Reflections” event will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday at Crossroads Baptist Church on Whispering Pines Road in Stephens County.

Black Christian Men Association Vice-President and Commemoration Coordinator Willie Woodruff said this event is returning this year after a one-year absence.

According to Woodruff, organizers are excited about the event’s return, which will feature reflections from three seniors.

“We have had young people go and interview these seniors and then they have been recording those interviews,” said Woodruff. “Those recordings will be edited and there will be a very brief presentation of each of those tape recordings of the interviews. Then, the seniors are going to be treated like royalty. We are going to have some special treats for them to let them know we appreciate them participating. We think that is an effort of having young people learn about their history by interviewing older people and older people being recognized for the things they contributed to where we are today.”

Then on Sunday, a Youth Musical Extravaganza will take place at 5 p.m. at the Schaefer Center in downtown Toccoa.

Woodruff said that event also comes with a bit of a different twist this year.

“This year, it is part of the New Harmonies exhibit and is part of the musical presentations taking place at the Schaefer Center,” said Woodruff. “Gospel is part of American roots music and so the youth choirs will sing gospel and Christian music.”

Events are free to the public.

The commemoration activities then continue on Monday, which is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, with the Interfaith Service and the March for Peace.

The service will start at noon at Trinity CME Church on Franklin Street in Toccoa. The march will then start at 2 p.m., going from Trinity CME Church to Toccoa City Hall.