​Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.

"That old law about 'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing." — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This is just one of the many intelligent, inspiring quotes from a renowned leader of the Civil Rights Movement. And, while Dr. King is no longer with us, his legacy lives on today. We foster the ideals he preached as we continue to work toward peace and justice.

The life and work of Martin Luther King is celebrated on the third Monday of every January, honoring his birthday, January 15. Martin Luther King Jr. Day has been an official U.S. federal holiday since 1986. Here a couple ways you can pay homage to Dr. King this year.

Day of Service

What better way to celebrate this amazing activist than helping out your very own community. This Martin Luther King Day of Service Work Day is a part of Gwinnett's bicentennial. Meet your fellow volunteers at Rhodes Jordan Park for a little beautification. Be sure to bring your gloves, a water bottle, some sturdy shoes and you giving, hardworking spirit!

The Art of Elizabeth Catlett: Selections from the Collection of Samella Lewis

On view now at The Hudgens, The Art of Elizabeth Catlett: Selections from the Collection of Samella Lewis showcases 38 works by Elizabeth Catlett, her husband, Francisco Mora, and artist-historian, Samella Lewis, Ph.D. Elizabeth Catlett is widely considered one of the most important African American artists of the 20th century. Catlett’s work blends art and social consciousness while confronting the most disturbing injustices against African Americans. She is best known for her work during the 1960s and 1970s when she created politically charged, black expressionistic sculptures and prints.

17th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration & Parade

The United Ebony Society of Gwinnett County, Inc. will host the 18th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Monday, January 15, 2018 in Lawrenceville, GA. This year's theme is “Honoring the Past and Empowering the Future."

The Hooper-Renwick Alumni will serve as the 2018 parade marshal. In 1944, Renwick High School was built on three acres of land donated by Mr. Renwick. It was the first and only public African American High School in Gwinnett County. In 1951, Hooper-Renwick School was built, and the name honored schoolteacher Mr. Hooper, and Mr. Renwick. A group of concerned Alumni met to consider actions necessary to save the school, and as a result the Hooper-Renwick Preservation Committee (HRPC) was formed to preserve the Hooper-Renwick School structure as a historical site. Their hard work paid off—the original twelve rooms will be used as a civic space and museum that will be connected to the new library.

In previous years, the parade has featured the Central Gwinnett-Lawrenceville Black Knight Band, Alpha Knight Gamma various step groups and more. We're certain this year's parade and celebration won't disappoint.

Do you know of other events in the area where folks can celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.? Comment below.

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