2014-01-10 / Community Events

Fort Gordon to honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

By Bonnie Heater
Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office

The 1st Medical Training Brigade will host the Fort Gordon Martin Luther King Jr. command program at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 23 in Alexander Hall.

This year’s theme is “A Day On, Not a Day Off! To Remember, To Celebrate, To Act!”

Barbara Franklin from the 1st Medical Training Brigade plans to set up a pledge table in Alexander Hall. “Dr. King had a favorite quote that read, ‘Make a career out of humanity – and you will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country and a finer world to live,’” said Franklin. “I want to challenge everyone to pledge some time to service. Stop by the pledge table and see what organizations are looking for skills that only you possess and pledge a few hours of your time a week to help others.”

In addition to the pledge table, there will be plenty of local entertainment, exhibits and artwork on display from local artists in the Central Savannah River Area.

Senator Hardie Davis, a Georgia statesman, spiritual leaders, and businessman, is scheduled to speak for the event. He is responsible for passing more than 1,500 pieces of legislation, since taking public office.

Davis sponsored House Bill 500, the Employment Readiness Program for Georgia’s Unemployed Act, which prevented more than 22,000 Georgians from losing unemployment benefits. He was also named 2010 Legislator of the Year for his work to promote life sciences industry throughout the state of Georgia.

Among the many individuals who plan to attend the event, Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher A. Pritchard, the 447th Signal Battalion command sergeant major and last year’s guest speaker, feels this is a time to express one’s interpretation of King’s dream for humanity.

“We celebrate the legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America,” Pritchard said. “We commemorate on this holiday a man of action, who put his life on the line for freedom and justice every day; the man who braved threats, jail and beatings; and who ultimately paid the highest price to make democracy a reality for all Americans,” Pritchard added.

“ The King holiday honors the life and contributions of America’s greatest champion of racial justice and equality, the leader who not only dreamed of a color-blind society, but who also lead a movement that achieved historic reforms to help make it a reality.”

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