Bastrop celebrates 33rd annual March for Peace, Justice and Equality on Monday with reduced event

Bastrop will host the 33rd annual March for Peace, Justice and Equality on Monday with stops at places of historical significance to the African American community. Next, the city will host a ceremony celebrating Martin Luther King Jr., his life and work that will be broadcast live for residents to watch.

Bastrop is hosting its Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Monday with the 33rd annual March for Peace, Justice and Equality, and a scaled-down ceremony that will feature music and speeches by city officials and county and high school students.

Initially, residents interested in celebrating the life and work of the civil rights leader were going to be accommodated at the Bastrop Convention Center after the annual Peace March for a ceremony commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. However, due to an increase in cases of COVID-19 powered by the omicron variant, only the march will be held in person as it will take place outside, and the ceremony will be broadcast live for residents to watch.

The celebration will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at Paul Quinn AME Church, 1108 Walnut St., where guests will be greeted by Cladie Johnson Haywood before beginning the Peace March through Bastrop with stops at the Kerr Community Center, Mt. Rose Missionary Baptist Church, Emile Primary school and Baptist Church of Macedonia. At each stop, speakers will discuss the history of the buildings and organizations housed there that have historical significance to the African American community.

Once the peace march is over, the ceremony in honor of King will begin at the Bastrop Convention Center, although it is only open to program participants. The ceremony will be broadcast live on the Facebook page of the town of Bastrop and via Zoom. Anyone interested in pre-registering for Zoom’s live stream can do so at https://bit.ly/3r2dlug.

Bastrop City Council member Dock Jackson will serve as the emcee for the program. Nelia Kerr Greene will have a musical prelude before the Bastrop County MLK Singers serenade with the anthem “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing”.

Speakers for the event include the Mayor of Bastrop, Connie Schroeder, the Mayor of Smithville, Joanna Morgan, the Mayor of Smithville, Pro Tem Bill Gordon, the Mayor of Elgin, Ron Ramirez, County Judge Paul Pape, l ‘Bastrop high school student Dwayne Jackson, Cedar Creek high school student Ja’Faar Johnson, LaDarian Sullivan, Smithville high school student, Mayra Marcelino, Colorado River Collegiate Academy student, Christian Johnson, high school student McDade, and Sebastian Jackson, a student at Elgin High School.

The theme of the annual walk is “A Day Off… Not a Day Off! Each year a different town in Bastrop County hosts the Peace March and Ceremony celebrating King’s life and work.

“The American people are called to engage in public service and to promote nonviolent social change so that Dr. King’s unfinished movement toward equality can be achieved through our united and enduring efforts,” said the city of Bastrop in a proclamation recognizing January 17 as Martin. Luther King Jr. Day

The 33rd Annual March for Peace, Justice and Equality will begin Monday at 10 a.m. at Paul Quinn AME Church, 1108 Walnut St., Bastrop.

The 33rd Annual March for Peace, Justice and Equality will begin Monday at 10 a.m. at Paul Quinn AME Church, 1108 Walnut St., Bastrop.

This article originally appeared on Austin American-Statesman: MLK: Bastrop to Celebrate Civil Rights Leader with Discounted Event

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