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NAACP Observance Program - Sunday
Celebrating the life of Dr. King

The Columbia County branch of the NAACP is gearing up for its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. observance program scheduled for Sunday, January 16, 2011. In its 26th year, the program is scheduled for 4 pm at Mount Pisgah A.M.E. Church, 924 N.E. Washington Street. Everyone is invited.    

The keynote speaker for the event is Reverend J.T. "Billie" Simon, pastor of Greater Poplar Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Jasper, Florida.

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According to NAACP President John Mayo, the branch is expecting more than 200 people to be in attendance including a number of local dignitaries, including the Superintendent of Schools, third circuit judges, the Sheriff, Police Chief, Supervisor of Elections, Tax Collector,  clergy and others.

The program honors slain-civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who fought for peace and goodwill for all mankind. At the age of 35, King was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize.

Our NAACP Branch and the nation honor the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose life helped pave the way for the inauguration of the nation's first black President, Barack Obama. Dr. King's dream was an inspiration to President Obama, who was six years old when Dr. King was assassinated in 1968.

Dr. King attended segregated public schools in Georgia and graduated from high school at the age of 15. He earned his BA degree in 1948 from Morehouse College and was awarded the Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1951 from Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. With a fellowship from Crozer, he then enrolled in Boston University and earned his doctorate in 1955.

In 1954, Dr. King was named pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. He was also a member of the executive committee of the NAACP. He headed the largest nonviolent demonstration of the era, the bus boycott, which lasted some 382 days. He was arrested. His home was bombed and he endured great personal abuse.

Dr. King also served as president of the Southern Christian leadership Conference and authored five books, as well as numerous articles.

He penned his inspiring, A Letter from a Birmingham Jail, during the time he led a massive protest in Birmingham, in which he was consequently jailed. He directed the March on Washington where he delivered his famous and inspiring speech, I Have A Dream.

Dr. King led the country through the wilderness. He did it with words to the children of slaves and the children of slave owners.  His words inspired not just blacks, but also whites, not just Christians, but the Jews, not only the Southerner, but the Northerner. He led with words and with deeds.

Help celebrate with us the life and accomplishments of one of the great moral leaders for all times.

Everyone is invited.

For more information call (386) 752-4074.

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