Four Day Long MLK Celebration in Monticello
Monticello and Drew County celebrated the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. over a course of four days beginning on Friday, Jan. 17 and culminating in a service at the Holy Temple, 529 North Main, on the evening of Monday, Jan. 20.
The theme for the celebration was "Recharging families, restoring hope," and began with a bang Friday evening as everyone gathered at the Holmes Chapel Presbyterian Church Hawkins Center, 527 East McCloy, for a family game night. Young and old alike had the chance to play games, win prizes and spend quality time together as a family and a community.
The celebration continued on Saturday, Jan. 18, with a Drew County Branch NAACP Scholarship Social Banquet at the G-Plex. 119 S. Boyd and featured speaker Chris James. James is a nationally known spoken-word poet, speaker, teaching artist and author and has roots in Monticello. His speech was aimed at the youth in the crowd, explaining to them a dream takes action. That you can't stop at just a dream. The proceeds from the banquet will be used to fund college scholarships.
Sunday, Jan. 19, brought alumni from Drew Central and Monticello High Schools together to play an alumni match against one another. Again bringing families together for quality time spent together and entertainment.
Celebrations were wrapped up on Monday, Jan. 20, as members of the community gathered for a parade and march from the square to Holmes Chapel Church where a hot breakfast was waiting for everyone, free for the children and a donation was accepted from adults.
The weekend was concluded on Monday evening at a celebration held at the Holy Temple. The NAACP Choir raised their voices in praise and celebration as speakers helped the attendees remember the seeds of change that were planted by Martin Luther King Jr. and that still produce fruit as the United States continues to move toward full equality.