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Forsyth will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and legacy with a program on the Courthouse square at 12 noon on Monday, Jan. 18. The community is invited to come share in an event that will last about 30 minutes. 

Because of caution necessary due to the spread of COVID-19, Forsyth’s traditional Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration will be different this year. The celebration committee, chaired by Jay Hogan, decided it best to forego the community march from the square to Kynette United Methodist Church and the program at Kynette UMC that has brought standing-room-only crowds and is usually followed by a fellowship meal. 

W. James Green, who has worked with the celebration committee for many years, said the 2021 event will focus on community prayer and celebration. Everyone is asked to wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Green said it will be possible for some people to be a part of the program while remaining in their cars parked on the square because of the permit from the city of Forsyth closing North Jackson Street briefly.

Green said the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration is a good way for the community to come together to begin a new year. He hopes it will remind people of opportunities to get involved in the community. He noted that the local NAACP chapter will elect new officers and have a membership drive soon and that American Legion Post 569 will also soon elect new officers and welcome new members.

 Culloden is planning a Drive & Park Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration on Monday, Jan. 18 so that people can recognize the day and adhere to safe distancing.