A variety of events including a public march and program, service day events, and a race and ethnicity symposium will be held in Georgetown Jan. 16-20. The events honor, celebrate, and continue the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
Youth Service Day on Jan. 16
The Georgetown Project hosts a Youth Service Day on MLK Day for youth in grades nine to 12 at the Teen Center. The Youth Service Day starts at 9 a.m. Service projects include games with seniors at a senior center, park clean-up and beautification, cleanup and organization at the NEST Empowerment Center for teens, and working at Habitat ReStore, Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center and Brookwood in Georgetown. Students needing service hours will be given certificates for four hours of service.
Participation in service projects will be followed by a free pizza lunch at the Teen Center, located at the Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Ave. For details, contact the Georgetown Project at www.georgetownproject.org or call (512) 943-5198.
Day of Service on Jan. 16
The United Way of Williamson County is sponsoring a Day of Service on MLK Day from 9 a.m. to noon for youth or adults. The Day of Service includes project locations in Cedar Park, Georgetown, Jarrell, Leander, Round Rock and Taylor. To register, go to www.unitedway-wc.org or call (512) 255-6799.
March and Program on Jan. 16
A march to honor the MLK Day holiday begins on Monday, Jan. 16 at 12 p.m. (noon) at the Williamson County Courthouse, 710 S. Main St. After meeting on the north side of the Courthouse on Seventh Street, there will be a seven-block march to Macedonia Baptist Church, 206 Martin Luther King Jr. St. The annual event is sponsored by the Georgetown Fellowship of Churches.
A program beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church features guest speaker Kantrice Robinson, pastor of St. Paul United Methodist Church. The march and program are free and open to the public. For details, contact Tyrone Adams at (512) 968-6361.
Symposium, Screening, and Service at Southwestern on Jan. 17–20
Symposium: The Race and Ethnicity Studies Program at Southwestern University is hosting an interdisciplinary symposium on Tuesday, Jan. 17 and on Thursday, Jan. 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. each day in the McCombs Shields Ballroom in the McCombs Campus Center. The symposium includes Southwestern scholars, including current faculty and alumni, who are engaged in research and activism related to race and ethnicity studies.
Celebration of Community: An Evening of Solidarity: The Office of Diversity Education and The Coalition for Diversity and Social Justice host the event featuring music, spoken word and dance performances held from 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18 in the Prothro Center open lounge.
Documentary Screening: In conjunction with the symposium, the documentary film “13th” will be screened at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19 in the F.W. Olin Building, Room 105. The film by Ava DuVernay explores the intersection of racism and the criminal justice system.
Worship Service: A special worship service celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19 in the Lois Perkins Chapel. Rev. John F. McCormick of Round Rock will be preaching and special music will be led by Southwestern gospel singers.
All the Southwestern events are free and open to the public. Southwestern University is located at Maple Street and University Avenue in Georgetown.
Community Potluck and Assembly on Jan. 21
Courageous Conversations GTX will host a community potluck and assembly Saturday, Jan. 21 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at San Gabriel Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1322 E. University Ave. Registration for the event is required. Visit www.courageousconvogtx.com for more information.