Duluth residents planning to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day have opportunities to participate in parades and programs in nearby Norcross, Lawrenceville and Snellville.
The United Ebony Society (UES) of Gwinnett County Inc. will sponsor its 13th annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Sunday, Jan. 20, and Monday, Jan. 21. This year’s activities follow a theme of “Character and Service,” a call to answer the passionate words of Dr. King: “Life's most persistent and urgent question is…What are you doing for others?”
Snellville’s second annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 21.
The UES celebration starts at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Meadowcreek High School, 4455 Steve Reynolds Blvd., in Norcross with essay readings and performances by Gwinnett County students. The parade begins at 10 a.m. Monday at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 185 Crogan St., in Lawrenceville and ends at Moore Middle School, 1221 Lawrenceville Hwy., in Lawrenceville. Moore Middle School is named in honor of Robbie Susan Moore, a co-founder of the United Ebony Society of Gwinnett.
The United Ebony Society of Gwinnett is also sponsoring a Black History Month Exhibit Feb. 1-28 at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langly Drive, in Lawrenceville.
The theme of the exhibit is “At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington.” The exhibit also will showcase contributions of African-American heroes and sheroes and clubs in Gwinnett County.
The events honoring the Civil Rights leader are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the United Ebony Society website at www.UnitedEbonySociety.org.
The theme of the Snellville MLK Jr. Parade is "unity in the community." Parade plans were announced by Pastor Elijah Collins of New Jerusalem Baptist Church and Snellville Mayor Kelly Kautz.
The parade starts at 11 a.m. Monday at New Jerusalem Baptist Church, 1958 Dogwood Road. Parade line-up is at 10:45 a.m. It will stretch from the church to Snellville City Hall, 2342 Oak Road. (Participants can park at either City Hall or the Texas Roadhouse where a shuttle service will be available.)
Special performances will be presented at Snellville City Hall by Time2Inspire, Triple 7 Dance Company, and the South Gwinnett High School Performing Arts.
Following the parade, President's Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address will be aired at New Jerusalem Baptist Church.