Members of the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission announced their official calendar of events leading up to the Jan. 16 holiday at a Tuesday afternoon ceremony at Macon City Hall.
A line of local ministers endorsed the effort, representing the Evangelical Ministers Alliance, and the Baptist Ministers Union of Macon and Vicinity. Miss Black Georgia 2011 Erica Little, a Macon native, sang civil rights-era anthems.
Participants unanimously praised Macon City Councilwoman Elaine Lucas, chairwoman of the commission, for her work in organizing the year’s events.
Lucas said this year’s celebration would be dedicated to former state Sen. Robert Brown, D-Macon, and the Rev. Richard Gammage of New Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church.
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Gammage, 80, was present at Tuesday’s ceremony. Brown, who began his political career as a civil rights activist, served in the Georgia Senate for 20 years, rising to become Minority Leader before stepping down last year to run for mayor of Macon. He committed suicide Dec. 8.
Official Martin Luther King Jr.-related events include:
The “Living the Dream in Worship” service, 5 p.m. Jan. 15, at Greater Turner Tabernacle AME Church, 1104 Third St.
The 22nd Annual MLK Jr. Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. Jan. 16, at True Faith Family Life Center, 2048 Jeffersonville Road.
The annual memorial march, beginning at four city locations at 11 a.m. Jan. 16 and converging on City Hall, 700 Poplar St., at noon.
The annual memorial service, 12:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at Stewart Chapel AME Church, 887 Forsyth St.
Lucas urged any group holding events for Martin Luther King Jr. Day to call Dorothy Tuggle at City Hall, 751-7260, to have events added to the calendar on the city website at www.cityofmacon.net.
To contact writer Jim Gaines, call 744-4489.