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 Monday, Jan. 20, through Friday, Jan. 24. The events honor, celebrate, and continue the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
MLK Leadership Prayer Breakfast on Jan. 20
The Georgetown Ministerial Alliance and the Georgetown Police Department will host the MLK Leadership Prayer Breakfast from 7-8:30 a.m. at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center, 3500 DB Wood Road. For more information, contact GMA president Rev. Harriett Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Day of Service on Jan. 20
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, Leander, Liberty Hill, Round Rock, and Taylor. To register, go to unitedway-wc.org or call (512) 255-6799.
March and Program on Jan. 20
A march to honor the MLK Day holiday begins at noon Monday, Jan. 20, 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 a panel discussion with Georgetown High School senior Malakhi Perry; Chuck Collins, South East Georgetown Community Council executive director; and Rev. William Quickley, pastor of Wesley Chapel AME Church. The program’s theme is “Today’s Relevance: Dr. King’s Dream Speech.” The march and program are sponsored by the Georgetown Fellowship of Churches and are free and open to the public. For details, contact Tyrone Adams at (512) 968-6361.
In addition, the African American Shotgun House, 801 West St., will be open for visitors from 2-4 p.m. Jan. 20.
Youth Service Day on Jan. 20
The Georgetown Project hosts a Youth Service Day on MLK Day for high school students in grades nine to 12. The Youth Service Day starts at 9 a.m. at the Georgetown Community Center at 445 E. Morrow St. Students needing service hours will be given certificates for three hours of service.
Participation in service projects will be followed by a free pizza lunch at the community center. For details, contact The Georgetown Project at www.georgetownproject.org or call (512) 943-0074.
Southwestern University events, Jan. 21-24
“The More You Know about Racism:” The Office of Diversity Education, Race and Ethnicity Studies Program and the Coalition for Diversity and Social Justice sponsor this student panel with representatives from a variety of organizations. The panel will discuss race and racism and the impact on their college experience followed by question and answer session. The event will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 21 in the McCombs Campus Center Ballrooms. Refreshments will be provided.
MLK Keynote Speaker: David Pilgrim, founder and director of the Jim Crow
Museum and vice president for diversity and inclusion at Ferris State University, speaks at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22 in Olin Building, Room 105. Pilgrim is also the author of “Understanding Jim Crow: Using Racist Memorabilia to
Teach Tolerance and Promote Social Justice.”
Symposium: The Race and Ethnicity Studies Program at Southwestern University is hosting a symposium titled “Peruvian Lives Across Borders: Power, Exclusion, and Home” by Christina Alcalde of The University of Kentucky, Lexington, from 4 to 5 p.m. Jan. 23 in the McCombs Campus Center Ballroom. The interdisciplinary symposium features research on race and racial discrimination.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Multi-faith Service: A multi-faith service will be held Jan. 24 at noon in the Lois Perkins Chapel. Lunch will be served immediately following the service.
Friday Night Live: Comedian Jasmine Ellis performs at 8 p.m. Jan. 24 at The Cove.
All the Southwestern events are free and open to the public. Southwestern University is located at Maple Street and University Avenue in Georgetown. For more information, contact Terri Johnson at (512) 863-1342, email email@example.com, or visit southwestern.edu.