Unity in Community: Join TybeeMLK for a Special MLK Day Celebration Honoring Local Leaders
Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a historical figure who we revere and remember every year on the third Monday in January. His life, legacy and leadership in the movement for civil rights and social justice have inspired and continue to inspire countless individuals and organizations in the U.S. and around the world. Here locally, Dr. King is the namesake for TybeeMLK, our city’s organization committed to making “good trouble” and advancing social justice advocacy throughout the Coastal Empire. TybeeMLK will soon host a special MLK commemoration in conjunction with their 11th anniversary. Celebrating what would’ve been Dr. King’s 95th birthday, Tybee MLK presents a special human rights program at the Tybee Post Theater on Saturday, Jan. 13.
The festivities will kick off at 2 p.m. with a parade in place on the theater grounds. This year’s grand marshal is the honorable Judge Tammy Stokes. The parade is an exciting opportunity to connect with local leaders who are actively engaged in social justice work. Following the parade, the human rights program will begin at 3 p.m. During the program former Tybee mayor, Walter Parker, Jr. will be posthumously honored with the TybeeMLK Legacy Award. The organization will also recognize Jeremy Altman for his myriad contributions to local elders in addition to his preservation work on Tybee’s new Black History Trail.
The program will feature various performances by local artists and groups. The poets from the Deep Center will perform spoken word, Sankofa dance troupe will perform an energetic set, and soloists and speakers will captivate the audience with song and storytelling. Live drummers will also be present to uplift and enchant attendees with their transcendent, timeless rhythms.
The MLK commemoration will be a festive time of fun and fellowship as the community comes together to celebrate the past and present leaders in the ongoing fight for equality and human rights. This event is free and open to the public, so gather your family, come out and prepare to have a great time in the spirit of unity.