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Memorials, marches, and anti-war message expected on King holiday

January 19, 2004


 (Atlanta-AP) -- Memorials, church services and volunteer projects in Georgia are all part of today's holiday to remember the life of Martin Luther King Junior.

Thousands will gather at the Atlanta church where the civil rights leader preached until his assassination in 1968. Martin Luther King, III will kick off the annual service for his father at Ebenezer Baptist Church. King's widow says she will address the Iraq issue again. Last year, Coretta Scott King urged world leaders to avoid war.

The church service will be followed by a march through the neighborhood where King grew up. And more than 15,000 people are expected to eat at the Hosea Williams Feed the Hungry dinner at Turner Field.

Williams was one of King's first lieutenants in the civil rights struggle. He died in 2000 after a battle with cancer.

South West Georgians are also participating in events to mark the birthday celebration of Dr. King.

Earlier this morning in Sylvester, a march kicked off down Railroad Street.

In Bainbridge, the NAACP also held its annual king observance on the steps of the courthouse.

The Colquitt County NAACP will have their annual parade at 3:00. Participants should line up in front of the Presbyterian Church at 2:30.

The Albany Chapter of Links, Inc. and the American Red Cross will sponsor "I Have a Dream..." Gift V: The gift of life - blood drive, at the SW Georgia community blood Center.

In Albany, the King Day Committee and the R.W.D.S.U. kicked off a march from the courthouse to the Albany Civil Rights Museum at 10:00.

Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church hosted a free breakfast to celebrate King's memory.

Then the annual King Celebration at the Albany Civic Center will begin at 5:30PM. Once again, Representative John Lewis, the last living speaker from historic march on Washington, will be the keynote speaker.

WALB will broadcast a portion of the celebration starting at 7:00 tonight.

posted at 10:00AM  by dave.miller@walb.com