Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Birthday Celebration 2019

The Greater City of Covington 31st Birthday Celebration
Commemorating the 90th Birthday of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Born: January 15, 1929)
Theme: “Violence Never Brings Permanent Peace”

The 2019 celebration begins with the traditional Poster and Essay Contest. The citizens of St. Tammany Parish are invited to join by participating in the Greater Covington Area’s Essay and Poster Contest that is sponsored by the Covington NAACP.
First and second place winners will be chosen in four categories: grades K-3, 4-7, 8-12 and adults. Winners will receive a prize if in attendance at the celebration. First place winners will be given the opportunity to read their essays or display their posters during the holiday celebration at Fuhrmann Auditorium in the Greater Covington Center on January 21, 2019.

Entries must be delivered to the Covington Planning and Zoning Department at the Greater Covington Center by noon, Wednesday, January 16, 2019. Winners will be notified on Saturday, January 19, 2019. For more information or clarification, contact Beatrice Dunn Penn, (985) 249-1094 or Gaynel Martin Perry, (985) 276-4710.
Throughout his life, Dr. King was focused on serving mankind. In honor of his 90th birthday, this year we will sponsor three Service Projects and activities as follows:
Beginning: Monday, January 14, 2019 — Ending: Monday, January 21, 2019
Week of Kindness: This seven-day celebration is a perfect opportunity to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service.

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Random acts of kindness can empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community. It all starts with one act – one smile, one coffee for a stranger, one favor for a friend. It’s an opportunity for a community to leave the world better than they found it and inspire others to do the same. Please write all acts of kindness on cards for placement on our Kindness Trees that will be displayed at the Celebration on Monday, January 21.
Saturday, January 19, 2019 8am—11am Free Pancake Breakfast: No one in our community will have to go hungry that morning. Monday, January 21, 2019
10 am-Parade – “March for Peace”
Route: Rev. Peter Atkins Park, 28th and Tyler travels down to Filmore Street to 31st Avenue to Harrison Street to 28th Avenue, stopping at Greater Starlight Baptist Church for a brief Memorial Tribute to the Late Dr. Mallery Callahan, Sr. to Jefferson Avenue, ending at the Fuhrmann Auditorium.
11 am- Celebration- We are happy to announce that the talented Pastor Rodney Barney of Abundant Life Missionary Baptist Church is this year’s guest speaker
1 pm- Fun Day at Rev. Peter Atkins Park & final Service Project: Blood Drive conducted by Ochsner Health System. Ochsner Health System will also have a tent with educational activities for all kids.
All Events Are Free And Open To The Public