You could see a bit of the Freedom March down Broad Street in this view from WXIA’s camera atop city hall. Click here to view. The webcam is focused on Broad Street and Fifth Avenue and the parade itself was on the left side of the picture as it progressed along the 500 block. The parade ended at city hall/Rome City Auditorium in advance of the midday speech to be followed by a free lunch for 1,500 or more at Rome Civic Center. Complete schedule below.
The MLK Commission of Rome and NW Georgia announce the final day of the 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration:
Monday, Jan. 16:
Monday will begin with the annual Freedom March. Participants are asked to assemble at 11 a.m. at the corner of Broad and 1st Ave. The march will begin at 11:30 a.m. at First Avenue and proceed to the Rome City Auditorium where the celebration will continue with the noonday Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration program. The speakers for the program will be Mr. Samuel White, Doctoral Candidate at Emory University, and Community, Peace and Human Rights Activist and Pastor Kenny Ott, Senior Pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church of Rome. Following the noon celebration program, the weekend will culminate with a luncheon at the Rome Civic Center. The luncheon is free and open to the public.
Sponsorships appreciated: Alvin Jackson says between 1,500 and 2,000 people will join the luncheon Monday afternoon. Additional sponsors are appreciated. To help, please contact Alvin Jackson at 706-346-7202 or Sundai Stevenson at 706-346-7524.