By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
Today is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 84th birthday and even a half-century after his untimely end, his legacy perseveres.
To celebrate the life and heritage of Dr. King, the M.L.K. Commission of Rome and Northwest Georgia will be hosting its annual King Celebration this weekend. The four-day festivities will begin Friday at 6:30pm with a “Musical Extravaganza” at the Rome City Auditorium, which will feature local dancers, actors and musicians. The celebration starts early Saturday at 8am with a prayer breakfast at Berry College, followed Sunday by an evening ecumenical service at Thankful Baptist Church. And, all these events culminate in a 28-year tradition; the Freedom March. Alvin Jackson, the once-chair of the MLK commission, started the downtown March all those years ago to commemorate Dr. King’s peaceful demonstrations.
“As you look at Dr. King’s legacy, you notice that was one of his tools to use to make his point; a peaceful nonviolent march,” Jackson said. “The March in Selma---even when he was assassinated in Tennessee, he was there to lead a march for the Garbage workers. Everyone can make a contribution in a march.”
Jackson asks March participants to assemble at 11:00am at the corner of Broad St. and 1st St. The procession will wind its way downtown to the City Auditorium where a noon celebration will be held.