The pastor who came to be called “the dean of the civil rights movement,” the Rev. Joseph Lowery, will speak at a Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in Augusta next week.
The Progressive Religious Coalition of Augusta will be the host of the annual interfaith service, Keeping the Dream Alive: Why Dr. King Still Matters, at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 at First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way.
Music featuring the Davidson Fire Arts Chorale and Trio Intermezzo begins at 6:45 p.m.
Lowery, a founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, helped lead the Montgomery bus boycott after Rosa Parks’ arrest in 1955. He received the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, from President Obama in 2009.
A reception will follow the service.