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MLK Day Observed
Monday, 17 January 2011

January 17--  The Montgomery County Enrichment Association called for "community unity" Monday as it observed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on the courthouse steps in Mount Vernon.  Braving rain and chilly weather, a small crowd heard from Reverend F. Lee Carter of the First African Baptist Church in Mount Vernon.


"We can talk about the dream.  We can celebrate, but the struggle is not over, and we really need to do something about it.  We need to eradicate drugs from our community.  We need to bring more unity in our community.  There is much work to be done.  Let us rise up and work together, nonviolence does work," Reverend Carter said.

Meanwhile, in other parts of the country, including Vidalia, some groups were doing community service in Dr. Kings memory, including employees of the Georgia Power Company led in the central region by vice-president Thomas Wicks of Macon who joined workers in the Sweet Onion City.

Image "Today for Georgia Power is what we call 'A Day On, Not a Day Off,' and it's a time for us to honor the legacy of  Martin Luther King and we've probably got 60 community service projects taking place around the state," Wicks said.

In Vidalia, Georgia Power employees were busy Monday morning beautifying the Gaynelle Davis Park on Sixth Street.  B.J. Davis, the newly named Georgia Power manager for Vidalia, said, "This is a day of service.  Last year we helped at the animal shelter and the year before we were at the Bethany Home.  It's a great day to get together and do something for the community."

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