Written by Elizabeth Davis. Posted in News & Weather

The local Martin Luther King Jr. weekend celebration kicks off this evening with a talent and fashion show at the Rome City Auditorium.  It is scheduled to begin at 6:30 pm.  The event is open to the public, free of charge.

Tonight’s show will be among a full slate of events to be held throughout the weekend to honor slain Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.  The list of activities also includes the annual Prayer Breakfast at the Lovejoy Baptist Church Joy Life Center on Saturday morning; Dr. Eric Holland, the prinicipal of Rome High School, will serve as the guest speaker.  In addition, there will be an Ecumenical Service at Thankful Baptist Church on Sunday at 5 pm, for which the Reverend Dr. Darrell D. Elligan, Pastor of The True Light Baptist Church in Atlanta, will be the guest speaker.

MLK weekend activities will culminate on Monday with the annual Freedom March down Broad Street.  Participants will assemble at 11 am at the corner of Broad and First Avenue; the march will begin at 11:30 am.

Alvin Jackson with the MLK Commission of Rome and Northwest Georgia says that he was pleased with the turn out for last year’s Freedom March.  He adds that participation in the march has grown substantially over the years.

Monday’s Freedom March will make its way to the Rome City Auditorium for a noonday celebration; Cassandra Wheeler, Regional Director at Georgia Power Company, will be the speaker.

The local MLK weekend celebration has been going strong for more than three decades.  Jackson says that each and every individual in the community is invited to participate in this weekend’s festivities.

For more information about local MLK weekend events, call Alvin Jackson at (706) 346-7202 or Sundai Stevenson at (706) 346-7524.

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