County honors MLK Jr. celebration efforts

by W. Winston Skinner


County Commissioner Tim Lassetter, right, presents the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. proclamation to Margaret Brandenburg, left, and Margaret Thompson. 

A proclamation in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was approved by the Coweta County Commission on Tuesday.

Commissioner Tim Lassetter read the text of the proclamation. He then presented a copy of the proclamation to Margaret Thompson and Margaret Brandenburg.

Thompson has been involved with the annual King birthday observance for years. She is a member of Chapter 483, Order of the Eastern Star. Brandenburg is the chapter’s worthy matron.

King, the most prominent figure in the Civil Rights movement, was murdered in 1968. King “challenged all of us to recognize that our individual liberty relies upon our common equality,” Lassetter said — reading from the proclamation.

“The strength of Dr. King’s leadership was matched only by the power of his words, which still call on us to perfect those sacred ideals enshrined in our nation’s founding documents. … Dr. King’s leadership and teachings united people of all backgrounds in a noble quest for freedom and basic civil rights,” Lassetter read. “It is our continuing responsibility to ensure a strong foundation for the promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to every American.”

Newnan Chapter 483 members are currently organizing the 27th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration to be held in January. This year’s theme is “Illuminating the Star through Rededication, Reclamation and Education for the Growth of the Future.”

There will be a memorial service Jan. 10 at Zion Hill Baptist Church on Pinson Street and the annual parade will be the following day in downtown Newnan.

The proclamation designated Jan. 10-11 as “days of observance in Coweta County celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

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