Local events celebrating the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. cluster around Monday’s federal holiday but extend all the way to the April 4 anniversary of his 1968 assassination.
Macon City Councilwoman Elaine Lucas, chairwoman of the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, said this year’s celebration will be dedicated to the Rev. Richard Gammage of New Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church and the late state Sen. Robert Brown of Macon.
The following list of events is based on information from Lucas, the MLK Commission, Assistant Clerk of Macon City Council Dorothy Tuggle and the NAACP Macon-Bibb Branch 5215:
The sixth annual MLK Jr. Awards Ceremony, noon Saturday at New Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 795 Maynard St.
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The “Living the Dream in Worship” service, 5 p.m. Sunday at Greater Turner Tabernacle AME Church, 1104 Third St.
The NAACP 44th annual MLK Birthday Commemoration, “Fulfilling the Dream,” from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the Family Investment Center, 905 Main St. State Rep. Nikki Randall, D-Macon, will speak. The awards ceremony will honor “individuals and businesses of African-American descent that have promoted a better way of life for low income people, African Americans and senior citizens in the city of Macon and the surrounding counties.” For more information call 747-9311.
The 22nd annual MLK Jr. Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. Monday at True Faith Family Life Center, 2048 Jeffersonville Road.
The annual memorial march, beginning at four Macon locations at 11 a.m. Monday and converging at noon on City Hall, 700 Poplar St.
The annual memorial service, 12:30 p.m. Monday at Steward Chapel AME Church, 887 Forsyth St.
Free and confidential HIV testing, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Steward Chapel AME Church, 887 Forsyth St.
MLK Jr. Observance Workshop, “Expunging Records/Restoring Civil Rights,” 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, 2789 Millerfield Road.
The MLK Jr.-Robert Brown Symposium, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 23, at the Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The discussion of community issues will be moderated by a panel including former Mayor C. Jack Ellis and former state Rep. David Lucas.
The King-Brown Memorial Concert, 7 p.m. Jan. 30, Greater Zion Hill Baptist Church, 2656 Napier Ave.
Showing of “Playing It Down,” Feb. 16-19. The film by Sam MacFie documents the black caddies and first black golfers who integrated Macon’s Bowden Golf Course in 1961. See www.maconfilmfestival.com for details.
“Macon Reads King,” 7 p.m. April 4, at the Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.