Athens-Limestone County Marks Martin Luther King Jr Day And His Legacy With A Variety of Events
Martin Luther King, Jr. was an advocate for African-Americans during the United State Civil Rights Movements. Often considered the architect of Civil Rights Movement's "Peaceful Protests", he often led marches, sit-ins, bus boycotts and spoke often of a day when all people would be equal - no matter gender, color, or other notable difference.
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life tragically ended in assassination in Memphis, TN ...
...on April 4, 1968. The news of his passing rippled around the world. The day to commemorate his contributions to humanity was signed into law on November 2, 1983 as the King Holiday Bill. Following the signing of the bill into law by President Ronald Reagan, King's widow, Coretta Scott King, remarked, "This is not a black holiday; it's a people's holiday."
Limestone County Alabama organizations mark the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. annually with a variety of activities and this year, as part of the Alabama Bicentennial, the stories are part of that celebration. The Limestone County NAACP is encourage a "Week of Service" throughout the community and share pictures via Twitter using the hastag #MLKServALC.
Below is a collection of Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemorations as well as two upcoming African-American History Month events.
Monday, January 21, 2019 Events
King Unity March with lineup on the west side of the Limestone County Courthouse (Jefferson Street in Athens) for anyone interested in marching in unity to the Limestone County Event Center (114 West Pryor Street in Athens) starting at 9:00AM. To be followed with the annual King Program at 9:30AM. Free and open to the public.
Martin Luther King Jr Program at the Limestone County Event Center (114 West Pryor Street in Athens) starting at 9:30AM with local student art displays and essays inspired by King's messages as well as music and presentations of awards. The theme this year will reflect "A Stable Message in Changing Times". Light refreshments will be served following the program. Free and open to the public. For more information: Benard Simelton at 256-426-6406
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration with Lincoln-Bridgeforth Park Advisory Committee at Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church (803 Westmoreland Avenue in Athens) starting at 11:00AM with keynote speaker Devyn Keith, President of Huntsville City Council. Awarding of the Dr. C. Eric Lincoln Humanitarian Award will be made and music by Round Island Creek Male Chorus.
Friday, January 25, 2019
1st Annual CommUNITY Breakfast at the Athens State University Center for Lifelong Learning (121 South Marion Street in Athens) starting at 8:30AM with featured speaker Dr. Carolyn McKinstry, Supervisor of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Bombing Birmingham. Space limited to 150. Free but reservation required. Reserve: 256-233-8260 or Athens.edu/cll
Saturday, February, 2, 2019
Black History Program with the Athens-Limestone Community Association at the Beasley Center (corner of Bryan and Marion Streets in Athens) starting at 6:00PM. Free, donations welcome.
Monday, February 4, 2019
Call for Artist-2019 with Athens State University Library and Archives (West Pryor Street and Elkton Street in Athens) to North Alabama amateur artist and student artist of all grade levels to submit for consideration artwork reflecting the African-American experience in North Alabama and Limestone County and Athens State University focused submissions encouraged. Mediums accepted: drawing, painting, three-dimensional sculptures, photography and mixed media. Required Submission Items: Digital images of completed artwork, or artwork plan to be completed before showcase event. Artwork title, medium, dimensions, cost (if for sale) and explanation of hanging/presentation requirements. Brief artist’s statement, biography, email, and phone number. Send Submissions/Questions to: Dakota.Cotton@Athens.edu 256-216-6663
Athens-Limestone County African-American Heritage Trail
Interested in exploring the African-American History of Athens-Limestone Alabama?
Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association has produced a brochure highlighting the African-American history and contributions throughout Limestone County including Trinity High School and several of its' alumni; organizations and businesses owned and operated by African-Americans that have or continue to serve the Limestone Community and much more.
You can stop by the Athens-Limestone Visitors Center (100 North Beaty Street in Athens) and pick up a copy inside or as a featured brochure in our outdoor rack. You can explore a digital copy at the Athens-Limestone County Tourism's website VisitAthensAL.com by visiting here.