Observance will stress King's principles

The 15th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Observance of the CSRA will begin at noon Monday at Beulah Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

Beulah Grove Missionary Baptist Church on Poplar Street will hold the 15th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Observance of the CSRA.  File/Staff
File/Staff
Beulah Grove Missionary Baptist Church on Poplar Street will hold the 15th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Observance of the CSRA.

The theme for this year's event is A Kingian Tradition: Excellence in Leadership and Loyalty in Service through Nonviolence, said the Rev. Larry Fryer, an organizer for the event.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Larry Wayne Howard, the senior pastor of Greater Friendship Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio.

He will speak on the fourth of the six principles of nonviolence developed by Dr. King in his book Stride Toward Freedom, which states: "Accept suffering without retaliation for the sake of the cause to achieve a goal."

Comments from several guests, including Mayor Deke Copenhaver, county commissioners, area ministers and a representative from Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign are expected.

The mayor will make a special announcement, the Rev. Fryer said.

Organizers hope to inspire people to come together to work toward common goals, he said.

"Our goal is to work toward unity and to assist and support other human needs organizations," he said.

There will be a musical presentation at 11 a.m.

Reach Nikasha Dicks at (706) 823-3336 or nikasha.dicks@augustachronicle.com.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: 15th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Observance of the CSRA


WHEN: Noon Monday; musical presentation at 11 a.m.


WHERE: Beulah Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 1434 Poplar St.

OTHER EVENTS

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DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. ANNUAL CELEBRATION: 11 a.m. today, Carrie J. Mays Community Center, 1014 11th St.; presented by Augusta Recreation and Parks Department; the theme is Power Beyond Measure; free; (706) 796-5025


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SHILOH KEEPIN' THE DREAM ALIVE: 7 p.m. Friday, Julian Smith Casino, 2200 Broad St.; celebration of the life of Dr. King; will recognize the contributions of those who are making efforts to continue Dr. King's tenets; Rumame L. Samuels at rumame@msn.com or (706) 721-9807


THE MAN, THE MESSAGE, THE MUSIC: A Tribute to the Godfather of Soul, honoring James Brown: 8 p.m. Friday and Jan. 25; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and Jan. 26-27; Jack B. Patrick Information Technology Center, Augusta Technical College; performed by the Augusta Mini Theatre's drama students; for ticket information, call (706) 722-0598.


2008 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. PARADE: 11 a.m. lineup, 1 p.m. parade; Saturday; parade begins at Dyess Park Community Center, 902 James Brown Blvd., and will end on D'Antignac Street; official viewing stand for the parade will be in front of the Walker Group, corner of 12th Street and Laney-Walker Boulevard


ALPHA CHI LAMBDA CHAPTER OF ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY INC. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. UNITY BREAKFAST: 7:30 a.m. Monday, Augusta Marriott Hotel and Suites, Grand Ballroom; $25; registration required; Ellis Albright, (706) 414-1906, Augustus Thurmond, (706) 738-6425; or Marion Griffin, (706) 863-0625.


CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.: 10 a.m. Monday, Diamond Lakes Public Library, 2314 Tobacco Road; sponsored by New Order National Human Rights Organization and Operation Lead; (678) 887-2752 or visit neworderhr.org.


FREEDOM FUND BANQUET: 7 p.m. Monday , Doubletree Hotel, 2651 Perimeter Parkway; Augusta Branch NAACP will honor Georgia Court of Appeals Judge John H. Ruffin Jr.; speaker, Dr. Francys Johnson; $50 individual; $400 per table; $500 table of 10; augustanaacp@earthlink.net.


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