The birthday of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is observed every year on the third Monday of January, although his birthday is actually January 15. This year, that day is next Monday, January 16. Several events are planned prior to and on MLK Day.
* Concerned Citizens of Atmore will host its annual Unity Prayer Breakfast Saturday, January 14, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., in the Atmore Community Hospital Mayson Auditorium. The cost for breakfast is $12 per person. Tickets may be purchased from a CCOA member or at the door.
* Concerned Citizens of Atmore MLK Day of Service will be held Saturday, January 14, from noon until 3 p.m. Day of Service teams will assemble at the Unity House on Main Street at 11:30 a.m. A small group of young people will assist with social activities at Atmore Nursing Center. Another group of people will go to the Patterson Street Housing Development to clean up the grounds. The Service Teams will provide their own tools for the clean-up. CCOA will provide gloves and bags.
* The Progressive Civic Recreational Club, Inc. Annual Martin Luther King Program will be held Sunday, January 15, 3 p.m., at Power Pentecostal Holiness Church. Pastor and guest speaker is Brue Armstead. All guests, choirs, groups, churches, and ministers are welcome to attend. The church is located on Power Road, just off Robinsonville Road.
* Concerned Citizens of Atmore MLK Parade and March will be held Monday, January 16. Parade line up is 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., at Houston Avery Park. The parade will start at 10 a.m.
Parade entry fee $10 per unit – vehicles only. No charge for schools, Scouts and marchers. Funds will be used to serve the community’s needs. Parade applications are available at the Unity House in the mailbox. All applications must be turned in by Saturday, January 14.
Please note the parade route is different this year. The parade begins at Houston Avery Park, turns left on MLK Avenue, right at the four-way stop on Carver Avenue, left on Ashley Street at the four-way stop, left on MLK Avenue, back to the park.
* Concerned Citizens and the American Red Cross will work in conjunction to deliver free smoke alarms to residents of rural areas on Saturday and Monday.