• Black History Committee to hold annual MLK Unity March

    By Matt Masters -

    The Wilson County Black History Committee will hold its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Unity March and Brunch on Jan. 19 to honor the life and legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    This year’s theme will be “Serving with Humility.” Marchers plan to gather at 9:30 a.m. at Cedars of Lebanon Primitive Baptist Church. Brunch and event programing will take place at 11 a.m. at Pickett Rucker United Methodist Church.

    Due to possible rain, heavy winds and temperatures in the mid-50s, a motorcade will proceed from Cedars of Lebanon Primitive Baptist Church instead of the on-foot march originally planned.

    The program will include performances by the Unity Choir, which continues to accept members, and presentations by community leaders. Anyone interested in joining the Unity Choir may contact Sylvia Alexander at 615-444-5747 or Mary Harris at [email protected]

    Harris, who is Wilson County Black History Committee president, said that the event aims to bring together people from all backgrounds to focus on King’s message of selflessness.

    “Dr. King said, ‘Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” Harris said. “We want people to know that we all should be served equally, no matter your status or position.”

    Harris said it will be the eighth-annual celebration held by the committee and the fifth consecutive march.

    Cedars of Lebanon Primitive Baptist Church is at 201 Beard St. while Pickett Rucker United Methodist Church is at 633 Glover St. in Lebanon.

    The march takes place two days before Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 21. The federal holiday remembers and recognizes the birth and achievements of King, who is known as the most influential civil rights leader in American history. King was born Jan. 15, 1929 in Atlanta and was assassinated at the height of America’s black civil rights movement April, 4 1968 in Memphis.

    More information about the Wilson County Black History Committee may be found at facebook.com/WCBlackHistory.

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