Sunday, January 14, 2001

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In recognition of Monday's holiday honoring the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Fayette County branch of the NAACP is planning a King Day celebration beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Starr's Mill High School. The public is invited.

The theme for the day is "Remember, celebrate, act." Celebrants are asked to remember the things Dr. King stood for, celebrate his legacy and act by being involved in some activity that "serves to lift up humanity," according to NAACP Fayette chapter president Edward Johnson.

Kellen Winslow, former San Diego Chargers star and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will be the master of ceremonies. Terrell Slayton, Georgia's assistant secretary of state, is the keynote speaker.

Program participants include Peachtree City Mayor Bob Lenox, Fayetteville Mayor Kenneth Steele, Peachtree City Councilwoman Annie McMenamin, Fayette County School Superintendent John DeCotis and others.

Last year's event, held at City Hall in Peachtree City, was so well attended that the celebration had to be moved to the school to accommodate a larger crowd, Johnson said.

The program will conclude at noon with a bell ringing ceremony.

County governmnent offices and school system offices will be closed Monday for the holiday. County schools will be out Monday as well. The next Board of Education meeting will be Jan. 22. Fayetteville City Hall will be open Monday.

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