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Newton to celebrate MLK Day with award ceremony

COVINGTON — Newton County residents are invited to commemorate the birth and honor the achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the annual ecumenical service and award ceremony.

The Newton County Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Observance Committee’s celebration event will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Newton High School auditorium. State Rep. Ronald B. Ramsey Sr., D-Lithonia, will be the keynote speaker.

“The main focus is to keep the legacy and Dr. King’s dream alive so we are still able to reach many of the freedoms and opportunities that are out there, not only for one race but the entire community,” said Josephine Brown, committee member.

Nominees for the I Have A Dream and Trailblazer awards will be selected and awards will be presented at the event. The awards are given to outstanding individuals or organizations whose service to the community embodies the tenets of King’s philosophy on social justice and community empowerment.

New to the 2014 service will be the presentation of the Young Dreamer Award for Newton County students who demonstrate peace, unity, diversity and love among peers.

Nominations are being accepted through Monday, Jan. 13.

Eligible nominees for the I Have A Dream Award must:

• have given two years of service to the Newton County community;

• be a registered voter;

• be affiliated with a church, synagogue or worship center;

• have contributions that are nonprofitable and are visible to the community;

• have contributions that are non-discriminatory;

• be one who models a spirit of peace and unity;

• be one who will initiate and support change;

• be endowed with a humble spirit;

• be steadfast in his or her convictions; and

• be one who fosters and supports education on all levels.

Eligible nominees for the Trailblazer Award must:

• be a long-time citizen of Newton County;

• be a registered voter;

• be a creator of change in the community and follow through to implementation;

• facilitate change of benefit to the community;

• be resourceful and committed to all aspects of the county; and

• foster a cohesive spirit of peace, unity, diversity and love.

Eligible nominees for the Young Dreamer Award must:

• be a Newton County citizen;

• be a Newton County public school student from kindergarten through 12th grade; and

• have demonstrated interest in fostering peace, unity, diversity and love among peers.

Nominations should include the name, address and contact phone number of the person making the nomination, the name and address of the nominee and a typed statement explaining how the nominee meets or exceeds the criteria for the award.

All nominations should be mailed to MLK 2013 Awards, c/o Mrs. Josephine Brown, P.O. Box 185, Covington, GA 30015 and must be received by Jan. 13.

The committee is also seeking donations to help fund the service, which can also be mailed to Brown.

If you go

What: Newton County Martin Luther King Jr. Ecumenical Service

When: 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19

Where: Newton High School auditorium, 1 Ram Way, Covington

Cost: Free and open to the public

Details: Mail nominations for the I Have A Dream and Trailblazer Awards to MLK 2013 Awards, c/o Mrs. Josephine Brown, P.O. Box 185, Covington, GA 30015. To be part of the interdenominational choir for the service, call Reta Cobb at 770-786-4423 after 6:30 p.m.