It’s been twenty-one years since the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee in Elbert County formed the Martin Luther King weekend celebration.
Martin Luther King Committee Chairperson Mary Clark says it’s taken some time, but the event has received more and more support through the years.
“It wasn’t what it should have been initially, but things have to grow on all of us”, said Clark. “I think it’s grown on people and they enjoy the things we have to offer over the weekend, and everyone is so supportive and we appreciate all of that.”
Kicking off the weekend long celebration is the MLK Banquet, which is being held at the Elberton Civic Center at 6:00pm on Saturday, January 18th.
The MLK parade follows that Sunday, and it will begin at 4:00pm.
The weekend concludes on Monday, January 20th with the MLK Academic Bowl.
Clark says that particular event is the highlight of the entire weekend.
“That’s where the youngsters get an opportunity to show their leadership skills through public speaking and to let the community know how much they have learned about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”, said Clark. “We are looking forward to the entire weekend, but mostly to when the young kids will be participating.”
The Academic Bowl will be held at the Blackwell Cultural Center on Martin Luther King Jr Day beginning at 10:00am.