Celebrating The Legacy Of Martin Luther King, Jr. (With Gallery)

January 21, 2019

A large crowd turned out in Century Monday to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Century-Flomaton Improvement Association (CFIA) held their annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration at the Century Ag Building Monday.

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Songs, essays and speeches honored King’s memory during the program, which was themed “Keep the Dream Alive”.

Guest speaker Cameron Cunningham poised a question to those in attendance, “Where do we go from here? Where do we go from here if we are raising a generation that believes if they have designer clothing it can cover up ignorance?”  He raised other examples of a generation that believes in expensive shoes, has not read a book “since 12th grade”, buys expensive cars and other extravagant items.

But they never, he said, come back to their roots and understand the struggles of previous generations and Dr. King.

“They go to where they go, and they forget where they come from. They never want to come home,” he said. “Where do we go from here?”

The first step, he said, is establishing a relationship with the Lord.

Cunningham, 22, is a senior majoring in religion and philosophy at Morehouse College in Atlanta, and he plans to become a pastor. His family is from the Flomaton and Century area, and he began his preaching ministry at the Damascus Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Henry Hawkins, who currently serves as Century’s mayor.

The CFIA also named their Essay Competition Winners. Markavia Johnson won first place, Bianca Wright was second, and Naveah Bush had the third place essay.

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