St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta will host its service Sunday — the day prior to the national holiday — at 11 a.m. The church is at 3000 Webb Bridge Road. “We started a few years ago having a Martin Luther King Day celebration to commemorate and recognize the significant contributions of what Dr. King has done for the cause, of not only civil rights but for Christianity in the sense of bringing people together of all walks of life,” said Rev. Michael T. McQueen, senior pastor.
Civil rights leader Xernona Clayton will be the guest speaker Sunday. She is the founder, CEO and president of the Trumpet Awards Foundation and creator and executive producer of the Trumpet Awards, which annually recognize the accomplishments of African Americans.
McQueen said he hopes the service particularly impacts younger audiences.
“Many of our kids are not aware — especially this generation — of the tremendous civil rights contributions of not only Dr. King but people who played a significant role in the movement,” he said.
Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Roswell, led by Pastor Frank Lewis, will host its service Monday at 11 a.m. The church is at 888 Zion Circle.
Nationally syndicated Atlanta gospel radio and television personality Reggie Gay will deliver the keynote address.
“There will also be a lunch reception after the program,” said Jessie Ivey, assistant director of the church’s public relations ministry. “It’s free and open to the community at large.” She said she wishes those who attend will receive “a renewal about the hope that there is for not just black people but just for all people and a sharing of what Dr. King’s vision was.”
In addition to the church services, Hands On Atlanta is organizing volunteer service projects Monday throughout metro Atlanta in honor of King’s legacy.
At Elkins Pointe Middle School in Roswell, 50 volunteers will assist with improvements to the school’s outdoor classroom, nature trail and school grounds. At EnAble of Georgia in Roswell, 35 volunteers will spread mulch, clean up yards, clean out raised garden beds and paint picnic tables and two decks.
The service work will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.