Newton County to celebrate King

Jason Dees

Jason Dees

COVINGTON -- Newton County will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this weekend.

The 27th annual community celebration is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at Olive Swann Porter Auditorium at Newton High School.

"We are bringing together the dream of Dr. King and fulfill his desires that all men are created equal," said Harold Cobb, chairman of the event.

Jason Dees, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Covington, will serve as the keynote speaker for the event.

Originally from Huntsville, Ala., Dees began as pastor in March 2008. He is a graduate of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and has pastored at New Washington Christian Church in Indiana and Crosspointe Church in Huntsville. He is married to Paige.

The event also will feature the presentation of the I Have A Dream Award, which goes to an individual who epitomizes the philosophy of Dr. King, and the Trailblazer Award, which is given to someone who has contributed a lifetime of community service.

Several choirs will perform, as well as the Dancers of Triumph from the Faith of Jesus Ministries.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's Chi Tau Omega Chapter also will hold a special event on Sunday to honor King. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service: "American's Sunday Supper" will begin at 5 p.m. at Porterdale Elementary School.

It will honor veterans and military families in Covington, Conyers and surrounding areas.

Staff reporter Crystal Tatum contributed to this article.