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2016 MLK Jr. Day events going on around Coastal Empire, Lowcountry


2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Events

  • Saturday, Jan. 9 - The Committee for Social Change Scholarship Banquet will be held at the Tattnall Shrine Club in Glennville. Mr. Rodney Dinkins will be the guest speaker. It will begin at 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 13 - The 3rd Infantry Division will observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at noon. Armstrong State University Political Science Instructor, Leonard McCoy, will be the keynote speaker. The observance will be held at Club Stewart. 
  • Thursday, Jan. 14 – Ecumenical Community Workshop Service will be held at Queen Chapel AME Church, located at 114 Beach City Road. Accomplished vocalist and musician, Melanie DeMore will conduct the service, centered on the theme “Tightening the Weave of Community:” Dr. King’s Dream Then & Now.” Local clergy, and young people especially, are invited to attend. There will be a reception following the service in the Parish Hall.
  • Friday, Jan. 15 – Shabbat Service will be held to honor Dr. King at Congregation Beth Yam, located at 4501 Meeting Street. It will take place at 7:30 p.m. Vocalist and musician Melanie DeMore will join the choir in congregation and music. 
  • Saturday, Jan. 16 - 26th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and Celebration will be held in Glennville. Dr. Channing Hampton of Tifton will be the guest speaker. The parade is sponsored by the Committee for Social Change. Vocalist and musician Melanie DeMore will join the choir and congregation in music. 
  • Saturday, Jan. 16 – A Gullah Music Workshop will be held from 10 a.m. until noon at the Main Street Theater. The workshop will feature rhythmic stick pounding from the Sea Island Plantation era. All island residents and visitors of all ages are invited to participate. All participants are invited to perform Monday in the MLK Memorial Program.
  • Sunday, Jan. 17 – Hymns and gospel music session in honor of Dr. King will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church, located at 3001 Meeting Street, Hilton Head. Vocalist and musician Melanie DeMore will lead the parish. It will begin at 10:15 a.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 18 – The MLK Memorial March will be held at 10 a.m. It will start and end in the Hilton Head Island High School parking lot. Community members, church groups, civic groups, and school groups are invited to participate. The Hilton Head Island High School marching band and Junior ROTC Unit will participate.
  • Monday, Jan. 18 – The MLK Memorial Program will be held in the Hilton Head Island High School Seahawk Cultural Center at 11 a.m. There will be a screening of the 2015 Lions Club Peace Posters, and a Gullah Stick Pounding Performance. Vocalist and singer Melanie DeMore will engage and involve the audience in music honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. The announcement of winners of the Essay Contest- focused on Building a Beloved Community on Hilton Head Island - will take place. Also taking place will be the presentation of the 2016 MLK Community Service Award.
  • Monday, Jan. 18 – A community luncheon provided by local resort hotels will be held in the Hilton Head Island High School cafeteria at 12:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 18 – A screening of the Peter, Paul, and Mary video, “Carry it on – A Musical Legacy," will be shown at All Saints Episcopal Church Hall at 7 p.m., located at 3001 Meeting Street, Hilton Head.
  • Monday, Jan. 18 - Claxton MLK Day Breakfast & Parade. The annual Catherine Bacon Memorial Breakfast will begin at 9 a.m. in the Claxton High School cafeteria. Tickets are $10. Then, the parade will begin at 2 p.m. and will travel from MLK Street to Highway 301 South.
  • Monday, Jan. 18 - Annual Effingham County MLK Observance Day Breakfast at the Administrative Complex in Springfield at 7:30 a.m., followed by the annual parade starting at Laurel Street at 10 a.m. The fun will continue into the afternoon with a youth program at the Effingham County Recreation Department gym at 12 p.m., followed by an evening service at the Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Association Center at 6 p.m. in Guyton.
  • Monday, Jan. 18 -  Hinesville MLK Jr. Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. along the Hinesville downtown parade route. The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. commemorative service is from noon to 1 p.m. in the Bradwell Institute Gymnasium at 100 Pafford Street in Hinesville.
  • Monday, Jan. 18 - The Statesboro MLK Jr. Day Parade will begin at 2 p.m. and travel through downtown Statesboro. After the parade, the public is invited to a community service at the Tabernacle Baptist Church on Bulloch Street. 

*Non-perishable food items will be collected at all scheduled events for Sandalwood Community Food Bank. For additional information, call 843.681.3881.

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