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Banquet at Vanderhorst kicks off King Day events in Thomson

Posted: January 14, 2012 - 12:45pm

A Saturday night event in Thomson kicks off the community’s observance of Martin Luther King Day.

Vanderhorst CME Church will hold a Martin Luther King Jr. banquet at 6 p.m. The speaker will be Dr. Jeffery Thomas of Trinity CME church in Augusta. Tickets are available at the door for $15 a person or $25 a couple.

Vanderhorst also will have Martin Luther King Day activities and a guest speaker on Monday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., for ages 5 to adult.

This year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be on Monday, Jan. 16. According to an article on martinlutherking.org, the national holiday was signed into law in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan, 15 years after King’s death, though the day was not widely celebrated until many years later.

Locally, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is being celebrated in many different ways.

Springfield Baptist Church is holding teach-in classes, where people of all ages can learn about Martin Luther King Jr. and learn how they can emulate what his dream is. The classes will be held on Monday, Jan. 16. A definite time has not been set yet, but Geraldine Reed, who is in charge of organizing the classes, said they always hold them around 9 a.m. or 10 a.m.

Reed said they have been holding these classes for many years. She said it will start with a little program, usually opening with the infamous “I have a dream” speech shown in the main worship area of the church. After that, the group will break up into smaller classes, from kindergarten age to adult.

“The classes will talk about Martin Luther King Jr. and the purpose of everything he did and where do we go from here,” Reed said.

The adult class will focus on the principles of Martin Luther King Jr. and discuss issues that pertain to what he was trying to address while he was alive and how, as Americans, they can continue to live out the dream he had.

There will be a march in Warren County on Monday, Jan. 16. The lineup will be at the Community Service Building at 10 a.m. The marchers will walk one time around the Warren County Courthouse, and then go upstairs for a Martin Luther King Day program that will be held in the courtroom. The guest speaker for the program will be the Rev. Roscoe Perry, of First Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Appling.

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