Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. employed strategies of moral persuasion and non-violent protest to bring about social justice for African Americans during the modern civil rights movement.
The local committee is planning a series of events to involve the community and residents of all ages in recognizing the achievements of this great civil rights leader.
The opening Ceremony will be conducted on Friday, Jan. 12 at 9 a.m. at Laurel High School in Laurel, MS. Students from throughout the area are being encouraged to take part in the program. The group will conduct it Annual Battle of the Bands, featuring several high school bands from the area immediately following the parade. Then the committee will conduct it Annual Banquet at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13 at Sanderson Farms Headquarters.
The celebration will continue with the annual Memorial Service on Sunday, Jan. 14. To climax the series of activities, a breakfast will be at the Laurel Train Depot on Monday, Jan. 15 Dr. King National Holiday.
Anyone needing more information concerning the list of events or to purchase tickets to the banquet can contact any member of the committee or call Rev. Jerry James Sr. at 601-935-8976.