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Clarkesville peace walk to honor Dr. King
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Northeast Georgia Peace Walk
When: 2 p.m. Jan. 17
Where: Beginning at the gazebo on the square in downtown Clarkesville
More information: thrivingspirit@me.com

Men and women of every race, faith and age are invited to take to the streets of Clarkesville Sunday to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Northeast Georgia Peace Walk is set for 2 p.m., starting at the gazebo on the square in downtown Clarkesville and ending with a program of celebration at Grace-Calvary Episcopal Church.

This year’s Peace Walk is set to be one of the largest and most diverse of the last three decades.

“Over the years we have worked to bring diversity to the celebration — and a few times have managed to get Hispanic or Laotian groups involved, but never both together,” said Julianne Wilson, event organizer, in a release. “This year we will have black, white, Hispanic, Laotian, and Native Americans all participating in song or inspirational readings during the celebration. What a joyous accomplishment.”

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the first Northeast Georgia Peace Walk, started by a handful of local residents who wanted to support the adoption of the King national holiday, according to Wilson.

Thirty years ago, there was still “a good deal of resistance to the holiday, some of it violent, and (locals) wanted the African American residents to know that they had support in the community,” Wilson said.

The peace walk repeatedly protested by the Ku Klux Klan over the years, Wilson said.

“I remember being thrilled that people in Northeast Georgia were willing to walk in honor of Dr. King, even when faced with the KKK here,” said Cathy Morgan, Clarkesville resident who walked with King in Selma in 1965. “I love courage, and I have a vision that in 2016 we will not only honor Dr. King, we will follow him with courage, speaking truth to power and working for a new level of justice in our community.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Northeast Georgia Peace Walk
When: 2 p.m. Jan. 17
Where: Beginning at the gazebo on the square in downtown Clarkesville
More information: thrivingspirit@me.com

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