The 26th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration will be held on Sunday, Jan. 17, at the Jackson Electric Membership Corporation auditorium, located on Commerce Highway in Jefferson.
At 3:30 p.m., the Summer Hill Baptist Church Male Chorus, Jefferson, will present a mini-gospel concert.
The Ecumenical Service starts at 4 p.m.
The featured speaker will be Dr. Kenneth O’Neal, M.D., along with his wife, Dr. Lorrie Richardson-O’Neal, M.D., who will introduce him.
They are the first African-Americans to practice medicine in Jackson County.
University of Georgia graduate Kathleen Yapp, 71, Gainesville, who followed her dream will also be honored during the M.L.K. Jr. Celebration on Sunday.
In December, she received her bachelor’s degree in English from UGA. She attends the First Baptist Church of the Nazarene, Gainesville, where she teaches Sunday School. She tells her class, “You Can Do It.”
Also, Odell Collins, Jefferson, will be honored at the Jackson County M.L.K. Jr. Celebration on Sunday.
Collins graduated from Jackson County Comprehensive High School. He played football at UGA.
Collins will be inducted into the California Community College’s Football Hall of Fame on March 6, joining the ranks of numerous legendary athletes, like Jackie Robinson, Frank Gifford, O.J. Simpson, Warren Moon and Gino Marchetti.
Collins played with the New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens before spending half a year in the C.F.L. with the Montreal Alouettes. He is the first Jackson Countian to reach this plateau.
State Court solicitor Don Moore will bring greetings from the city and county governments.
Awards will be presented to citizens and business owners throughout Northeast Georgia.
Several Jackson County ministers will also be appearing.
The “I Have A Dream” speech will be given by Mrs. Elizabeth Easley, Athens, along with several state-of-the-art performers.
The celebration is sponsored by the Jackson County Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Council.