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Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Cartersville

Tell us what this holiday means to you and how you will celebrate.

Monday, Jan. 21 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

For some, the national holiday honoring the prominent civil rights activist is a time to give back and serve the community, be it through removing graffiti or picking up litter in a local park.

For others, it’s an opportunity to educate themselves about King and his life's work. And for others, it’s a time to just kick back and enjoy the prolonged weekend.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee of Bartow County has organized two days of events to honor King here in Cartersville, including keynote speaker Mike Davis, The Daily Tribune News reports.

"I’m going to talk about the vision, having a vision, about what the future holds for you as a person," Davis told the newspaper. "Hopefully, I’m praying, that [people in attendance] will catch the vision of having a great year, a positive year and a positive life."

So, tell us—What does Martin Luther King Jr. Day mean to you? What are you doing to commemorate King’s legacy?

This year's "Remember! Celebrate! Act!—a day on, not a day off" events set for Cartersville are:

What: Candlelight Church Service
Where: Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church
When: Sunday, Jan. 20, at 6 p.m.

What: Youth Rally
Where: St. Luke A.M.E. Church
When: Monday, Jan. 21, at 10 a.m.

What: Brotherhood March
Where: Begins at the Civic Center, continues along Main and Erwin streets and ends at the courthouse on Cherokee Avenue.
When: Monday, Jan. 21, at 2 p.m. (Participants gather at 1:15 p.m.)

What: Wreath-Laying Ceremony
Where: Frank Moore Administration and Judicial Center (courthouse)
When: Monday, Jan. 21, immediately following the Brotherhood March.

What: Brotherhood Program
Where: Civic Center
When: Monday, Jan. 21, following the Wreath-Laying Ceremony.

The Holiday's History

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, now a U.S. holiday, took 15 years to create.

Legislation was first proposed by Congressman John Conyers (D-Michigan) four days after King was assassinated in 1968.

The bill was stalled, but Conyers, along with Rep. Shirley Chisholm (D-New York), pushed for the holiday every legislative session until it was finally passed in 1983, following civil rights marches in Washington. 

Then-president Ronald Reagan signed it into law. Yet it was not until 2000 that every U.S. state celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day by its name. Before then, states like Utah referred to the holiday more broadly as Human Rights Day. 

Now, the Corporation for National and Community Service has declared it an official U.S. Day of Service.

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Bilal Mahmood January 15, 2013 at 07:13 PM
don't mention my name in any way with yours, sir. its a gentle man request. if you know what i mean. i sure hope so.
Mo Tucker January 15, 2013 at 11:33 PM
@Bilal I'm certainly not saying I believe in any of the comments above, but what you said above, "i hope you are not from india where you deem every other thing that looks different turns into God" is the kind of thing you're preaching against. Not only is wrong to conclude that all Indian people believe in a secular religion, you go on to deem it as inferior to yours. If you were referring to Hinduism in the post, please educate yourself on the subject before simplifying in such a way as that. Thanks!
pp January 16, 2013 at 12:46 AM
@Steve I beg your pardon but my God is in heaven and I'm a proud black woman also an intelligent woman and my thoughts and beliefs are mine that's what Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and the other civil rights leaders, the abolitionists, my parents and so many others shed their blood swear and tears for. You have a right to do and say what you want but you and no one else can take away our pride in a great man and his works and he was not alone in the struggle for equality.
Bilal Mahmood January 16, 2013 at 05:37 PM
point taken! it was meant to explain there are numbers of gods. including animal figures. hence the statement. Thanks for the +ve point.
Bilal Mahmood January 17, 2013 at 01:50 PM
@pp .. I couldn't have summed it better.

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