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Area events to celebrate MLK Day

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By The Staff

Saturday, Jan. 17

MLK Brunch, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Elizabeth MB Church Fellowship Hall; Speaker: Quincy City Manager Jack McLean. Church is located at 1030 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. Blvd, Quincy.

Black and White Ball, Chattahoochee Elementary School. $10. Sponsored by city of Chattahoochee. For more information, call Stephanie Jackson at 663-4415.

Sunday, Jan. 18

Candlelight Vigil, Courthouse Square in Quincy; spnosored by Gadsden County Chapter, National Hookup of Black Women. Rev. Clarence Jackson, guest speaker.

Prayer service, Greater Bethel MB Church, 560 East Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chattahoochee. 6 p.m.

The James A. Shanks Class of 1977 will observe the holiday with a special breakfast at 9 a.m. at the Golden Corral on N. Monroe Street in Tallahassee. Family and friends are welcome to attend, and all are encouraged to wear class reunion or black history T-shirts.

Monday, Jan. 19

MLK Unity Breakfast at Joe Ferolito Recreation Center, Quincy, 8 a.m. Free. Traditional southern-style breakfast. Sponsored by Gadsden County Chapter of National Hookup of Black Women, and the city of Quincy’s Community Redevelopment Agency, as well as the MLK Foundation of Florida.

Annual MLK Parade in Havana, beginning at 10 a.m. Parade will line up at the Havana Municipal Building, then move toward Palace AME Church.  

Prayer breakfast, Chattahoochee Elementary School, 8 a.m. In the cafeteria. Free.

Prayer breakfast, Mt. Pilgrim PB Church, 8 a.m. Free. Church is located at 4730 High Bridge Rd.

Annual MLK breakfast at Mt. Calvary Primitive Baptist Church, 7095 Old Bainbridge Rd. Free. Speaker is Brenda Holt, Gadsden County commissioner.

MLK parade, Chattahoochee. 10 a.m. For information, contact Ira Daniels  at 663-8324, or Everline Sims-Brown, at 663-2187.

Symbolic march from Gretna Elementary School to Gretna City Hall, 10 a.m. Program begins at 11 at city hall. Speaker for the event is Rev. William Wiggins.

Annual MLK breakfast at New Bethel AME Church, located at 23209 Blue Star Highway in Quincy. Begins at 9 am. in the Multi-Purpose Center. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Speaker is Jennifer Lawson of New Zion AME Church. The event is sponsored by the young people’s department at the church.

Americorps Gadsden Reads, in conjunction with Gadsden VISTA and West Gadsden High School’s Student Government Association, presents “Love for Seniors” as part of the MLK festivities. Begins at 9 a.m., ends at noon, in the school cafeteria. Lunch will be served to volunteers, and senior adults are encouraged to attend.