“It’s important that we remember that this is not a holiday for African Americans but a national holiday for all Americans,” said Linda Kellogg, chairperson for the MLK Committee. “[King’s] nonviolent demonstrative actions through his marching, preaching, and other actions literally changed the world.”
The slate of weekend events for the King Holiday will begin with a candlelight service Sunday at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 147 Jones St., Cartersville.
Coach Mike “Bull” Davis, Fayette County High School, is the keynote speaker.
Activities continue Monday with a youth rally from 10 a.m. to noon at St. Luke A.M.E. Church on 130 Jones St. in Cartersville. For more details on the rally call (678)368-3583.
Following the rally at 1:15 p.m., everyone is asked to assemble at the Cartersville Civic Center if they are participating in the Brotherhood March, which will begin promptly at 2 p.m. The wreath laying ceremony will be on steps of the Frank Moore Administration Building where Mayor Matt Santini and Commissioner Steve Taylor will address the group.
The Grand Marshals for this year’s parade are Reuben and Mildred Peeks.
“They are leading the Brotherhood March as Grand Marshals because they have marched even when a lot of things could have caused them to give up,” Kellogg said. “Instead, they persevered. They’re involved in the community, church, and their unselfish support to so many worthwhile programs and organizations is not unnoticed.”
Peeks is a business man who spent 15 years in law enforcement. He also hosts a weekly radio program on WHLB and made history as the first African American owner of a Gulf gas station in Cartersville and the first African American to reach the rank of sergeant at the Bartow County Sherriff’s Office.
He and his wife, who have been married for 54 years, said they are excited to have an opportunity to play an important role in the King celebration.
“It’s a big honor,” said Peeks.
Festivities will climax at the Cartersville Civic Center with a Brotherhood March Program where the Rev. Michael Daniels, pastor of the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Cartersville will be the speaker.
“Whether Bartow families participate or attend any of the planned events or not, a conversation could take place at the dinner table,” Kellogg said “After all, it is not a day to be off from work or out of school but a day on as we continue to remember, celebrate and act.”