Virtual MLK activities and why you should “attend”
“We are not makers of history. We are made by history,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr spoke these famous words, and we believe firmly in the truth in them as evidenced by the huge impact Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement has had on Liberty County. Dr. King has been recognized as one of the great leaders of our time, promoting non-violent activism.
Did you know that Liberty County has a stop on the U.S Civil Rights Trail? Well we do! Dorchester Academy in Midway is known as the location for the planning of “Project C,” which was later recorded as the Birmingham March in 1963. Dr. King, and many of his compatriots, stayed at Dorchester Academy and while there, they played baseball and visited with locals sharing their dreams of change.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday recognized on the third Monday in January since 1983 in recognition of the birth of this famous leader. It was not until the year 2000, however, that all 50 states made it a state government holiday. The campaign to recognize his birth with a federal holiday began shortly after his assassination in 1968. Believe it or not New Hampshire became the last state to honor Dr. King with a holiday in his name, which they celebrated for the first time in January 2000, the dawn of the new millennium. And South Carolina became the last state to make it a paid state holiday for all state employees in May 2000.
The Liberty County Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Committee typically plans out an entire weekend of events, however, due to COVID-19 it is going to look very different in 2021.
All of these programs will be available on Facebook Live starting this Friday, access that page by clicking here (https://www.facebook.com/mlkoa.hinesville).
Love – It Productions is hosting a Cultural Arts Program at 7pm
Leadership Observance Program with Keynote Speaker Rev. Glenda Layton at 8:30am
Youth in Action Program at 6:30pm
Commemorative Worship Service with Keynote Speaker Rev. Brenda Iglehart at 5pm
Want to know more about Dr. King’s influence on Liberty County? Check out this #RightBlendBlog.