The Newnan Times-Herald


MLK celebration this weekend

  • By Sarah Fay Campbell
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  • Jan. 11, 2018 - 7:32 PM

The 31st annual celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Coweta begins tonight.

The commemorative ceremony, featuring speakers, music and short essays read by local students, will be held at 7 tonight at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, 6 Lovelace St., Newnan.

This year’s theme is “Honoring the Dream through Commitment, Education and Service.” The event is put on each year by the sisters of Chapter 483, Order of the Eastern Star, and proceeds go to a scholarship fund.

The parade begins at noon at Newnan High School. The parade is in the second year of a new route, which heads up LaGrange Street to Salbide and Greenville Street, then turns on Madison Street, then left on Jackson Street and back to the high school.

Winston Dowdell, longtime Coweta educator and current member of the Coweta County Board of Education, will be grand marshal.

After the parade, there will be a community lunch, and all are welcome.

There’s still time to get in on the parade – no pre-registration is required, though there is a nominal fee for the scholarship fund. Floats, walkers, cars, horses and other vehicles are welcome. If you’d like your float entered for judging, be lined up at the high school by 9:30 a.m. Everyone else should be in line by 11:30.

For more information contact Worthy Matron Mary Paige at 404-483-8671, Associate Matron Karen Britt at 845-664-2029 or Past Matron Margaret Thompson at 770-253-1559.