A variety of events including a public march and program, service day events, and a race and ethnicity symposium will be held in Georgetown on Jan. 15-25. The events honor, celebrate, and continue the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
Day of Service on Jan. 15
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 unitedway-wc.org or call (512) 255-6799.
March and Program on Jan. 15
A march to honor the MLK Day holiday begins on Monday, Jan. 15, at 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 speakers Daniel Blaine, pastor of Mt. Ararat Missionary Baptist Church of Bartlett, and Rev. Steve Miller, project director and founder of the HBCU Truth & Reconciliation Oral History Project. 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. 18–25
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. 18, in the Lois Perkins Chapel. Ron Swain of Georgetown will deliver the message and special music will be led by Southwestern gospel singers.
“An Evening with Delores Huerta”: Coalition for Diversity and Social Justice and Kappa Delta Chi present “An Evening with Dolores Huerta,” an Office of Diversity Education Lecture and the Jessie Daniel Ames Endowed Lecture in Feminist Studies, on Thursday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m. in Olin 105. Dolores Huerta, is an activist and labor leader who has worked to improve social and economic conditions for farm workers and to fight discrimination. More information is available at www.southwestern.edu/live/events/9253.
Symposium: The Race and Ethnicity Studies Program at Southwestern University is hosting an interdisciplinary symposium on Tuesday, Jan. 23, and on Thursday, Jan. 25, 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. More information is available at www.southwestern.edu/live/events/9422.
All the Southwestern events are free and open to the public. Southwestern University is located at Maple Street and University Avenue in Georgetown.
Youth Service Day on Jan. 15
The Georgetown Project hosts a Youth Service Day on MLK Day for youth in grades nine to 12. The Youth Service Day starts at 9 a.m. at the Teen Center, located at the Georgetown Recreation Center at 1003 N. Austin Ave. Service projects include games with seniors at Park Place senior center, park clean-up in San Gabriel Park, cleanup and organization at The NEST Empowerment Center, window cleaning at The Georgetown Project office, making blankets for at-risk children at Southwestern University, painting and landscaping at Willie Hall Center, and cleaning and organizing at Habitat ReStore. 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. For details, contact the Georgetown Project at www.georgetownproject.org or call (512) 943-0074.