As we approach this long weekend to celebrate Martin Luther King Day, I hope we all pause to reflect on those individuals who promote human rights and equality around the world. In honor of Martin Luther King Day, here are some activities and events that you and the family can enjoy this weekend that promote the education of civil rights and African American history in and around Wilson County!
Centerstage Theatre Co. Presents “The Meeting”
The Centerstage Theatre Company will be presenting a production called “The Meeting,” which depicts a conversation between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X taking place approximately one week prior to the assassination of Malcolm X. The play will take place Saturday, January 12th at 7:30PM, and Sunday, January 13th at 2:00PM. The production will be performed at the June and Bill Heydel Fine Arts Center located at Cumberland University. Tickets are $15 and are available to purchase HERE. Following the performance on January 13th, A.C. Wharton (former Mayor of Memphis and Lebanon resident) will be hosting a talk-back session to discuss his experience with the civil rights movement here in Tennessee.
The sixth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Unity March will be held this Saturday, January 13th at 9:45AM. The march will begin at Cedars of Lebanon Baptist Church (located at 211 Beard Ave. Lebanon, TN) and end at Pickett-Rucker UMC (located at 633 Glover St. Lebanon, TN). The march symbolizes the community coming together in unity to promote equality and civil rights for all. Participants can bring signs with them during the march, but please note that any participants under the age of 12 will need to be accompanied by an adult. The annual Unity Brunch and short program will follow the Unity March at Pickett-Rucker UMC. (Photo Courtesy of WKRN; Read about the 2016 march HERE)
“We’re Better Together” Event
The NAACP Sumner County Branch presents their annual MLK Unity Day event on January 15th. This year’s theme “We’re Better Together” highlights the following activities:
9AM – 11:30AM – We Learn Together youth workshop will include creating signs for the march as well as provide information on Martin Luther King Day. This portion of the event will take place at Gallatin’s City Hall located at 132 Main Street.
12:00PM – We March Together walk to take place from Gallatin City Hall to Gallatin High School (located at 700 Dan P. Herron Drive).
1:00PM – We Gather Together celebration to take place at Gallatin High School featuring special speakers and live performances.
Gray Line – African American History Tour
In honor of the upcoming Black History Month, join this Nashville city tour highlighting African American history and heritage in Nashville, TN. This narrated tour will feature stories of the people, places and events that have contributed to the African American history in Music City. The tour covers popular attractions such as Fisk University, Greenwood Cemetery, Jefferson Street, Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, The Ritz Theatre and more. Gather your family and friends to book this private tour by calling 1-800-251-1864. (Photo courtesy of Fisk.edu)
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