A large crowd of marchers gathered at the E.P. Roberts Center for continental breakfast then marched to the Lamar County courthouse where district two Lamar County commissioner Robert Heiney gave the keynote address.
The celebrants then returned to the Roberts Center for ongoing ceremonies in the daylong celebration.
The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 19, at the E.P. Roberts Center. After the event, refreshments will be served and sponsored by the Dewaine T. Bell Difference Makers.
The event will again have the theme “Unity in the Community” with a focus on “Keeping the Dream Alive Through the Dream of Reviving our Youth.”
“The community is invited to join the celebration,” said organizer April Smith.
“People and groups may take part in the parade by marching, driving a car or riding on a float.” The celebration will begin at the EPRC. Participants will march to the Lamar County courthouse for a short program to honor Dr. King then march back to the center to continue the celebration.
Phone lines will be open from 8:30 am to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, and Wednesday, Jan. 28, to take phone calls to set appointments for heating assistance from the Middle Georgia Community Action Agency.
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