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March planned in Cornelia for MLK

POSTED: January 30, 2008 5:04 a.m.

People from across Northeast Georgia will gather Sunday afternoon in Cornelia for a march to honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. Organizers said they aim for the event to promote "peace, community and justice."

The 22nd annual Northeast Georgia Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Walk and Celebration is set to begin at 2 p.m. at the Big Red Apple in downtown Cornelia.

During the slow-paced walk, walkers will travel roughly a mile to the Life Center at Shady Grove Baptist Church.

The Shady Grove Choir and dance ensemble will perform at the church once walkers arrive.

Lt. Col. Alfonzo Jackson of the Atlanta chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen will also speak at the church, and will relate his experiences of overcoming racial prejudice.

Other events scheduled for the weekend to honor the slain civil rights leader include:

Today: 1-6 p.m., Fair Street Elementary, father and son basketball tournament and mother and daughter cheerleading contest

Sunday: 3:30 p.m., St. Paul First Baptist, 573 Gordon St., Jefferson. Gospel concert; ecumenical service, 4 p.m. Speaker is Superior Court Judge Steve Jones from the Athens district.

Monday: 1 p.m., corner of E.E. Butler Parkway and Washington Street, Gainesville, 38th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration March; 3 p.m., Butler Recreation Center, 1050 Athens St., Gainesville. Speaker is attorney John Clark.



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