The 35th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Day Association Celebration features the theme, "Learn the History, Appreciate the Sacrifice, Live the Dream." A city-wide memorial worship service will be at 5 p.m. Jan. 19 at Asbury United Methodist Church, 1201 Abercorn St. The annual parade will begin at 10 a.m. in downtown Savannah, and the Express-Success youth education, career and talent event will be from noon-4 p.m. Jan. 25 at Esther F. Garrison School, 649 W. Jones St.
More events planned through February include the annual Rosa Parks Freedom Breakfast at 8 a.m. Feb. 1 at St. Philips AME Church, 112 Jefferson St.; the Business and Community Unity Brunch at 10 a.m. Feb. 8 at the Savannah Internation Trade & Convention Center; and the annual Dr. King Freedom Dinner & Dance Gala at 8 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, 460 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Learn more about these events at www.mlkingsavannah.com.
Savannah's Economic Opportunity Authority will honor Russ Abolt, Inez Jenkins and Lt. Gen. Walter Gaskin (Ret.) during a community observance program at noon Jan. 16 at the Aaron L. Buchsbaum Learning Center, 1120 May St.
Retired Savannah State University professor Ja A. Jahannes will be the guest speaker at SSU's annual MLK observance at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 in the King-Frazier Student Center ballroom. Afterward, the SSU Delta Eta chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha will honor King's life and legacy with a candlelight vigil. Both events are free and open to the public. Learn more at www.savannahstate.edu.
Chatham Area Transit Authority will operate a holiday schedule Jan. 20. CAT's administrative office will be closed for business and schedule information will not be available via telephone. Bus passes and Teleride tickets will not be available. The Savannah Belles Ferry will operate on a regular schedule. Normal route schedules will resume Jan. 21. Go to www.catchacat.org for information on the rerouting of buses during the parade and more details.SPRINGFIELD/RINCON
The annual breakfast is at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 20 at the county administrative complex on Laurel Street. Keynote speaker is former state representative Ann Purcell. The day's celebration will continue with a parade at 10 a.m. The children's awards will be presented at noon at the Recreation Department gymnasium on Ga. 119. A service at 6 p.m. will end the day at Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church in Rincon.BLUFFTON
The Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Committee of Bluffton will kick off the festivities with a banquet at 6 p.m. Jan. 18 at Campbell Chapel A.M.E. Church, 25 Boundary St. in Bluffton. Lt. Col. Louis L. Mitchell, Battalion Commander at Fort Stewart, Ga., a native of Charleston, will be the guest speaker. Entertainment will be provided by the Campbell Chapel Dance Team and two young local singers, Jabari Gordon and Patrict Treacy III. Tickets are $35 for adults and $10 for children younger than 12.
A memorial service will be at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 20 in Ulmer Auditorium at Town Hall, 20 Bridge St. in Bluffton. At 2 p.m., a parade and march through downtown Bluffton will head north of Pritchard Street, turn left on Bruin Road and proceed down May River Road. It will turn left at Heyward Street and then left again on Bridge Street before heading back to Town Hall. A cookout scheduled for 3 p.m. at Town Hall will conclude the festivities. For more information and tickets to the banquet, call 757-3417 or 757-2547.