DeKalb County commemorates life of MLK with weekend of community service – On Common Ground News

DECATUR, GA – DeKalb County will commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a weekend marked by a distribution of food, a distribution of COVID-19 tests, a prayer and a parade.

“The Council of Commissioners and I proclaimed this King Holiday weekend as a time of prayer, healing and restoration,” said Michael Thurmond, CEO of DeKalb County.

On Saturday, January 15, starting at 9 a.m., 3,500 boxes containing fruits and vegetables, chicken hind quarters and a dozen eggs will be distributed at the following locations:

  • Rehoboth Baptist Church, 2997 Lawrenceville Hwy., Tucker
  • Shy Temple CME Church, 2030 Wesley Chapel Rd., Decatur
  • Big Miller Grove Baptist Missionary Church, 3800 Big Miller Grove Way, Stonecrest
  • Berean Christian Church, 2201 Young Rd., Stone Mountain
  • Alliance Church, 1700 Corey Blvd., Decatur
  • New Life Church, 3592 Flat Shoals Rd., Decatur

On Sunday, January 16, the DeKalb Christian Pastors Alliance will be hosting a Countywide Healing and Restoration Day of Prayer.

On Monday, January 17, 2022, starting at 9 a.m., DeKalb County will distribute a total of 10,000 COVID-19 rapid test kits to the following locations:

  • The gallery at South DeKalb, 2801 Candler Rd., Decatur
  • North DeKalb Shopping Center, 2050 Lawrenceville Hwy., Decatur
  • Plaza Fiesta, 4166 Buford Hwy., Atlanta

Residents will be able to stay in their vehicles when they receive home test kits, and people on foot are welcome. The number of test kits will be limited to one per person.

At noon on January 17, the DeKalb NAACP will host its 20th annual King Day Parade. The parade route begins at Green Pastures Christian Ministries, 5455 Flat Shoals Pkwy, Decatur, and continues to MLK High School, 3991 Snapfinger Rd., Stonecrest.


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