Martin Luther King, Jr. Service and Celebration set for Sunday, Jan. 15

The Calhoun-Gordon County Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission invites the community to the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Ecumenical Service and Celebration set for Sunday, Jan. 15 at 4 p.m. The event will be held at Friendship Baptist Church, located at 452 West Line Street in Calhoun. Walter Harris, chair of the local MLK, Jr. Commission, says that in light of recent racial tension around the country, this year’s theme is “Healing Race Relations Through Conversation.”

Harris’ goal is to remind everyone of King’s vision. “I thank God that, for the most part, what’s happening around the nation has not been reflective of what is happening in our small community of, Calhoun-Gordon County,” said Harris. “Martin Luther King, Jr. wanted to unite everyone regardless of race and religion. I want people to come together as one from our city to our county. If we can’t come together, then let’s start with loving. That’s the beginning of healing.”

The program will feature inspiring singers such as Judge Richie Parker, Big C & Voices of Zion, Virgil Harrison and Chosen Few, just to name a few. Brother Eddie Byrd will be rendering the Martin Luther King Speech. Mayor Jimmy Palmer, along with members of the Calhoun City Council and Gordon County Board of Commissioners are scheduled to be on hand, along with members of Gordon County and City of Calhoun law enforcement.

Entrepreneur and Speaker Dee George will present a program encouraging local youth.

Keynote Speaker for the event is Pastor Carlos Calhoun of Bethesda Baptist Church.

The public is invited to attend the Coretta Scott King reception after the service, at the McConnell Road Community Center across from Friendship Baptist. The reception is free.

On Monday, Jan. 16, the public is invited to join the Calhoun-Gordon County Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission at the MLK, Jr. Memorial Site any time during the day to place a flower at the memorial, located on Court Street, and pray for our loved ones and also fallen members of Law Enforcement who have paved the way for us. Please bring a rose to be placed.

Also, volunteers and basketball players are needed for the annual Calhoun-Gordon County Historical Basketball Game scheduled for April 2017. Anyone who would like to volunteer or play on the team is asked to call 706-263-4584 as soon as possible for planning purposes.

For more information on the MLK, Jr. celebration event, or if you would like to be on the program, please call 706-263-4584.