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MLK 2018 Schedule of events announced


Jenkins County School Superintendent Tara Cooper will be the guest speaker for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr./Charles Beale Memorial Scholarship Banquet on Saturday January 13, at 6 p.m. at the Jenkins County Senior Citizen Center. 
(Photo contributed) Jenkins County School Superintendent Tara Cooper will be the guest speaker for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr./Charles Beale Memorial Scholarship Banquet on Saturday January 13, at 6 p.m. at the Jenkins County Senior Citizen Center. (Photo contributed) The Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee has announced the schedule of events for the 2018 MLK Celebration to be held in Millen. This year’s theme is “The Man, The Dream, The Legacy.”

A Unity Worship Service/ Recognize Grand Marshal will be held at the Morrison Grove Baptist Church on Sunday, January 8, at 4 p.m. Rev. Robert Johnson, pastor of the Hurricane Branch Baptist Church, and his congregation will host this year’s program. Rev. Johnson will deliver the opening message for this year’s celebration. Mrs. Lillian Muckerson, one of Jenkins county oldest citizens, will serve as this year’s Grand Marshal. Mrs. Muckerson will be recognized during this service. The 2017 MLK, Jr./Charles Beale Memorial Scholarship recipients will also be recognized.

On Saturday morning, January 13, at 8 a.m. the Annual MLK, Jr. Breakfast will be held at the First Baptist Church on Old Waynesboro Road. The speaker for the occasion will be the Rev. Robert Davis, Jr. , Pastor of Williams Grove Baptist Church. Tickets may be purchased from either member of the MLK committee for $5.

The 8th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr./Charles Beale Memorial Scholarship Banquet will be held Saturday, January 13, at 6 p.m. at the Jenkins County Senior Citizen Center. The speaker for this occasion will be Mrs. Tara Cooper, Superintendent of Jenkins County School System.

Mrs. Cooper is a 1990 honor graduate of Jenkins County High School. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia Southern University in Early Childhood Education, a Master of Arts degree from Lesley University in Literacy: Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking and Viewing, and an Education Specialist degree from Cambridge University in Educational Leadership.

Mrs. Cooper is also very active in the community. She is a member of the Millen United Methodist Church where she serves as Lay Leader, Angel Tree Ministries Coordinator, Sunday School teacher and Membership Secretary. She is a member of the Millen Rotary Club, serving as President in 2015 and receiving the Rotarian of the Year award in 2016. She also serves on the SCRA Regional Education Service Agency Board of Control, Board of Directors for the Jenkins County Family Enrichment Center, and the Jenkins County Health Department Board.

Professional memberships include Georgia School Superintendents Association, Georgia Association of Educational Leaders, Professional Association of Georgia Educators and Rural Superintendents Association.

Mrs. Cooper has served as Superintendent of the Jenkins County School System since 2011. She and husband, Carry, have two sons, Pace, 10, and Luke, 7.

The 2017 Scholarship recipients, will be recognized and receive their awards. Recipients receiving awards at the banquet are Tamia Cooper, Alyssa Fail, Shermya Hamilton, Alischia McGee and Devon Scott.

Tickets for this event may be purchased from either member of the MLK Committee. Please contact: Rev. P. M. Broomfield, 478-206-7013; Mirian Johnson, 706-526- 1051; Maebel McCloud, 706- 360-5999; Mae Della Sapp, 706-360-0908; Johnnie Mae Sherrod, 706-360-8163; Burman or LaSwan Spells, 706- 526-1506; or Walter Thomas, 706-360-0848. All proceeds from the Banquet will be used to benefit the Scholarship fund.

On Sunday afternoon, January 14, the Service of Rededication will be held at 5 p.m. at the Zion Baptist Church on Old Sylvania Road. The speaker for this service will be the Rev. Solomon Roberts, Jr. Pastor of Greater Bethel A.M.E. church of Sylvania.

Monday morning, January 15, the annual MLK Parade will proceed through downtown Millen. Line-up starts at 9 a.m. at the end of cotton Avenue (the usual location). The parade will begin promptly at 10 a.m. and end at Millen Civic Center on Cotton Avenue. Please bring your floats, walkers, decorated vehicles, three wheelers and motorcycles.

The week of events will culminate with a Youth Extravaganza at the Millen Civic Center, following the parade. The Bethel A.M.E. Church of Millen will be the host for this event.

The Jenkins County community is invited and encouraged to attend all of the events as the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is celebrated.

The MLK, Jr. committee would like to say “Thank You” to the citizens of Millen and Jenkins County for their continued support.

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