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First Missionary Baptist Church to host annual MLK Day event

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MLK Day 2020

A march from First Missionary Baptist Church in Franklin to the downtown square highlights the annual celebration in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

MLK Day 2022 event

Historic First Missionary Baptist Church in Franklin will host the Martin Luther King Jr. Day event, “Where Do We Go from Here?” on Jan. 17.

Historic First Missionary Baptist Church in Franklin and its community partners have announced the Martin Luther King Jr. Day event, “Where Do We Go from Here?” 

Taken from the landmark work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., this event on Jan. 17 will not only commemorate his legacy, but also tell some unheard stories of his work for justice in America. 

Historic First Missionary Baptist Church has hosted the MLK Day celebration in Franklin for more than 20 years. Organizers are looking for this year’s event to be a unifying opportunity for the city of Franklin and surrounding areas. 

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the event’s schedule has been altered for the safety of attendees. In a normal year, the event would be held in the sanctuary of First Missionary Baptist Church, with singing and speakers. This year, it will be held outside in downtown Franklin near the newly installed “March to Freedom” United States Colored Troops statue. It will be a short gathering and prayer in the church’s parking lot at 11 a.m., and from there, the symbolic march will take place, going into downtown Franklin.

Featured speakers will include Dr. Chis Williamson of Strong Tower Bible Church, Deacon Anthony Pickett of First Missionary Baptist Church, Dr. Christina Edmondson of Koinonia Church, Pastor Chris Whitney of One Generation Away, Pastor Bryant Herbert of Franklin Justice and Equity Coalition, and Pastor Walter Simmons of Franklin Justice and Equity Coalition. 

The music for the day will be rendered by Kettle Praise and Naveysha Stewart.

Historic First Missionary Baptist Church is located at 113 Natchez St. in Franklin. To learn more about the church, call (615) 794-5521 or follow its Facebook page.

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