Community honors MLK
By Kisha Watford
The annual “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Keep Unity in your Community Walk” took place on MLK Day. On Monday morning, about 125 people from the surrounding communities came out to remember and honor the legacy of Dr. King and what he stood for. At 9, we walked three laps (for the past, present and future) around the parking lot of Camp College. After which, all assembled in the theater of the Workforce Development Center.
Girl Scouts of Service Unit 320 opened the program with the Posting of the Colors, and Cadette Olivia Seal sang the National Anthem.
This year’s theme was, “Being the Change our Community Needs” and the speaker was Elder Angie Vick of Galilee Baptist Church in Branchville. Her topic was “Let’s Do This Thing Together.”
Her three points were: No. 1, Introduce Yourself; No. 2, Together, Make a Plan; and No. 3, Work Together.
Amongst those in attendance were members of the Divine Nine (historically African-American Greek-lettered fraternities and sororities), Masonics, Eastern Stars, area churches, Camp College Upward Bound Students, Jabberwock Contestants, community residents and Leaders Franklin Mayor Frank Rabil; City of Franklin Chief of Police Steve Patterson; and Newsoms Mayor Vanless Worrell.
The audience was graced with music from Tobias Hill & Sisters in Christ from Celebration Church.
The Community Service Initiative was “Replenishing of School Supplies,” and this year’s recipient is Nottoway Elementary School.
The event’s sponsors are Boykins Girl Scout Group No. 5073 under the leadership of Clare Overman, Camp Community College Upward Bound Program under the leadership of Travis Parker, and Franklin Tri-County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.