Columbus, GA (WTVM) - Monday's federal holiday celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and several groups across the Chattahoochee Valley are gathering to talk about current issues - hoping to spark the kind of change in the community Dr. King worked to create.
Now, these groups are inviting others in the community to join them on Monday in making a meaningful impact.
For example, the city of Columbus is hosting a fundraiser where anyone can come make and decorate bowls for its annual Empty Bowl meal, which will go help those who are hungry in the city.
Elsewhere in Columbus, members of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority will spend their afternoon feeding and clothing the hungry and homeless.
MLK Day also serves as an opportunity for many to give thanks for what past generations accomplished in securing civil rights. In Hamilton, the Harris County Men's Club will host its MLK Parade, while back in the Fountain City, State Representative Carolyn Hugley will lead a discussion on key issues at the MLK Luncheon inside Metropolitan Baptist Church.
Here is a list of addresses for several events starting Monday, Jan. 15 across the Valley:
- - City of Columbus' Empty Bowl Fundraiser (creating and making bowls) - 12 p.m., 3111 Citizens Way, Columbus GA 31906
- - Day of Service with Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) - 12 p.m., St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church, 2935 9th St, Columbus GA
- - MLK Luncheon, including special guest State Rep. Carolyn Hugley - 12 p.m., Metropolitan Baptist Church, 1633 5th Ave, Columbus GA
- - MLK Parade/Ceremony hosted by Harris Co. Men's Club - 1 p.m., Harris County Carver Middle School, Hamilton, GA; ceremony starts at 2 p.m. at Friendship Baptist Church in Hamilton.