COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - Martin Luther King, Jr. celebrations took a different approach this year due to the pandemic.
Metropolitan Baptist Church in Columbus held its 35th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Service Monday. This year, the program was broadcast on Fox 54 as well as social media.
Columbus Mayor Skip Henderson and Phenix City Mayor Eddie Lowe were present and there were song and dance performances. Muscogee County Sheriff Greg Countryman closed his remarks with a hopeful look to the community’s future.
“Dr. King, I have a dream that when we can walk through faith and courage and moral character and spiritual fortitude together to commit to a stronger and safer Columbus,” said Countryman. “That every person, regardless of what zip code that you live in, that we can all enjoy equal justice and equality as we move forward to move Columbus stronger to have a stronger and safer city.”
Countryman also took a moment to recognize the history made not only by his selection to office, but to Columbus recently hiring an African American police chief and the promotion of two women into leadership roles at the Columbus Police Department.