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MLK Day Events Scheduled for January 21 in Gwinnett

Lawrenceville and Snellville will have parades in honor of the late civil rights leader from Atlanta.

Gwinnett County will have events Monday (January 21) on the national holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

In Snellville, Pastor Elijah Collins of New Jerusalem Baptist Church and Mayor Kelly Kautz have announced plans for Snellville's second annual King Celebration.

In Lawrenceville, the United Ebony Society of Gwinnett County will present its 13th annual King parade, with events starting at 10 a.m. The parade will start at the historic Gwinnett Courthouse at 10:30 a.m., and this year there will be an extension of the parade route to Moore Middle School, which is located at 1221 Lawrenceville Highway at the intersection of Johnson Road, according to the website.

The theme of the Snellville event is "unity in the community."

"We need unity at this point in time in Snellville more than ever," said Kautz.

Snellville was the last city in Gwinnett to adopt the King holiday. Despite the adoption of the celebration in 2007, 2012 saw the first official parade. 

The group will leave at 11 a.m. on Jan. 21 at New Jerusalem; the city is invited to line up at 10:45. The parade will stretch from the church, located at 1958 Dogwood Road, to City Hall. (You can park at either City Hall or Texas Roadhouse and a shuttle will take you to where you need to go.)

Special performances will take place at City Hall by Time2Inspire, Triple 7 Dance Company and South Gwinnett High School Performing Arts.

Following the parade, the president's inaugural address will be aired at New Jerusalem Baptist Church.

Portions of this article were posted on Snellville Patch.

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