2021 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. HOLIDAY
Weekend Virtual Celebration Schedule
Because of the current COVID pandemic and the requirements to social distance this years’ MLK Celebration will be virtual. We will not have a Monday Freedom March nor a Monday program. Please see below for information on our Sunday’s programs and Monday’s luncheon.
ECUMENICAL SERVICE: Pastor Bernard Young-Thankful Baptist Church, Rome
Drive-through Lunch will be provided from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. or until all lunches have been given out. Rome Civic Center on Jackson Hill
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: ALVIN JACKSON-706-346-7202 OR SUNDAI STEVENSON-706-346-7524
A pandemic edition of the Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend in Rome is the focus of this week’s Community Watch from Georgia Highlands College. This is the 36th edition of the celebration, says organizer Alvin Jackson, a commission member also serving on the Rome Board of Education. Joining Jackson on the program is Sundai Stevenson, a commission member and a Rome City commissioner as well. They joined hosts Dr. Jon Hershey and Greg Shropshire for the annual review of one of the largest King celebrations in the state. Click the above arrow or here for the program (around 30 minutes).
Stevenson says this year’s events are being adjusted because of the pandemic. The holiday marking the birthday of the slain civil rights leader is Monday, Jan. 18, and normally activities would begin Jan. 15. But this year’s schedule includes no Friday night service… the Saturday prayer breakfast will be virtual at 9 a.m. … the 5 p.m. Sunday ecumenical service will be from Thankful Baptist Church via Zoom. No parade on Broad Street that Monday but, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., the celebration will feature grab-and-go lunches at the Rome Civic Center. It will be a drive-through service. People are encouraged to donated canned goods. Monday also will be a day of service, Stevenson says.
The holiday marking the birthday of the slain civil rights leader is Monday, Jan. 18.