How to celebrate MLK Day in Statesboro

Morgan Bridges, Managing Editor

The Bulloch County Branch of the NAACP will host a 2021 MLK Day Drive-in Community Service at Mill Creek Regional Park this Monday at 6 p.m. 

The celebration operates alongside the annual parade, which will begin at 2 p.m on the same day and begin at Oliff Street in Statesboro. 

Participants to the drive-in will be directed to set parking spots by signs and volunteers and will be given a radio station to tune into for the drive-in audio. As Bulloch County NAACP Branch President Delinda Gaskin said, the “variety of speakers will appear and be heard ‘some live, some virtual’.” Participants are able to decorate their vehicle if they choose, but they are encouraged to stay in their car for the entirety of the event for safety reasons.

 Bishop Sharma D. Lewis will be the keynote speaker this year, and the focus of the event will be on ongoing struggles for justice, with some specific thoughts for 2022, Gaskins said. 

Another opportunity for celebration includes a Youth Council Brunch at 10:30 at Pittman Park Methodist Church with tickets at $15 a piece.

As for Georgia Southern’s own celebration, there is Eagles in Action: MLK Legacy of Service on January 15-17. This event is a two-and-a-half day program that allows participants to connect MLK’s legacy with the completion of various service projects.

Speaker Francys Johnson will visit the Statesboro campus on January 25 at 6 p.m at the Student Union Ballroom, and Speaker Amir-Jamal Touré will visit the Armstrong campuses at 6 p.m on January 26 at the Nessmith Lane Center Ballroom.

More information for these events can be found for these events on the Georgia Southern website.