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March to courthouse to honor King Monday
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Jan 17, 2013 | 1419 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jones County’s observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day will take place Jan. 21, beginning with a march from Mt. Salem Baptist Church on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to the courthouse.

Event coordinator Carolyn Braswell said the lineup for the march will take place at 12 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, and the march will start at 1 p.m.

The speaker on the steps of the courthouse will be the Rev. Jimmy Williams of Ellis Chapel. Following the gathering at the courthouse, the assembly will march back to Mt. Salem for refreshments and to listen to Christopher Cabiness of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Macon.

Braswell said the plan is to make this year’s march something special because it is the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation as well as the 40th anniversary of the federal holiday marking King’s birthday.

Legislation for the federal holiday was signed in 1983, and, in 1994, Congress designated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading the effort.

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