Tifton, GA - (WALB) - The Martin Luther King Holiday is Monday but a South Georgia city kicked off a weekend full of events to honor the Civil Rights icon Friday.
Tifton and Tift County leaders got together just before lunchtime at city hall to celebrate the life and work of Dr. King.
This year's theme is "Remember, Celebrate, Act!...A day on...not a day off."
People shared their thoughts about the importance of King's work and legacy then joined in to sing "we Shall Overcome."
"But on this day, on the march, I've encouraged my friends my city, to get together. I want to see a crowd of white, black, brown, yellow, I want us all to be together," Mayor Jamie Cater.
"I think we can't ever let his dream die," said Sid Blackmarr. "We have to keep it in our hearts and keep it in front of us all of the time because we aren't where we want to be. We're still on the path to get there. It's a journey, not a destination."
That MLK march starts Monday at noon.
Here is a schedule of events in Tifton--
Saturday Jan. 15
Talent Extravaganza at 7:00PM at the Tift Theater
Sunday Jan. 16
A King Concert 4:00PM at the Tift Ave. Church of God
Monday Jan. 17
MLK Breakfast at 8:00AM, ABAC Dining Hall
Commemorative Service at 10:30AM at the Springfield Baptist Church on MLK Drive
MLK Parade at Noon- Meet at the corner of 17th Ave. and South Central Ave.
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