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Shermantown is a historically black neighborhood within the Stone Mountain Historic District named for Union Gen. William T. Sherman. GPC students, staff and faculty will do King Day Service projects in Decatur, Clarkston and Stone Mountain on Jan. 19

Five service projects for GPC Georgia Perimeter College students, staff and faculty will be volunteering in the Clarkston, Stone Mountain Park and at the Mountain View Personal Care Home in Decatur for their annual MLK Day of Service projects. The theme of the day of events is “Be a Service Superhero.” In Clarkston, college volunteers will clean up along North Indian Creek Drive and Memorial Drive and other sites and remove kudzu behind the Clarkston Community Center and Market Street. The projects, which start at 9 a.m., also will launch the first in a series of community conversations using a format called World Cafe. The Clarkston Community Center, at 951 N. Indian Creek Drive, is hosting the World Cafe, which begins at 11:15 a.m. Georgia Perimeter says the highly publicized killing of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Mo., and New York last year show

that healing is needed around aspects of race and culture and that residents can continue the work of building the Beloved Community of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. At Mountain View, located at 3675 Kensington Road, volunteers will work from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to improve the personal care home for residents. At Stone Mountain Park and the college’s Decatur Campus Community Garden, GPC volunteers will work from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help maintain native plant populations. The community garden is at 3251 Panthersville Road. To sign up for the projects and for more information, visit http://newsroom.gpc. edu/stories/sign-volunteer-mlk-day-service or contact Mary Elizabeth Tyler-Boucebci at the Georgia Perimeter College QEP office at 678-891-3174. For more information on the World Cafe, visit leadership.html.

Volunteers to clean historic Shermantown Cemetery Residents of Stone Mountain Village and others can help clean up historic Shermantown Cemetery on Jan. 19 as a King National Day of Service project. The 19th-century cemetery is overrun by trees and foliage. The cleanup takes place from 9 a.m. to noon. Stone Mountain Steve Wells City Council member Steve Wells is encouraging residents to participate. “We would like to spend a few hours honoring the message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by working together as a community to clean up this historic resting place,” said Wells, who represents Post 2. Participants are urged to bring gloves,

clippers and water, and boots are recommended. Shermantown is a historically black neighborhood within the Stone Mountain Historic District. It is named for Union Gen. William T. Sherman who camped there on his March to the Sea, and many slaves followed the Army to freedom. The former slave shantytown features small frame houses on small lots, narrow streets and community landmarks such as churches and stores. The Shermantown Cemetery is at 5510 Stillhouse Road in Stone Mountain Village. For more information, contact Steve Wells at or 803-447-1632 or Mechel McKinley at or 770-498-8984, Ext. 137.

January 17, 2015

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Parades in South DeKalb, downto Marches in South DeKalb and downtown Atlanta will commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 19, the 30th national holiday honoring his memory and ideals. Community, civic, faith-based, fraternal and service organizations and school and college groups will march in the 13th annual DeKalb NAACP Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in Decatur. In downtown Atlanta, hundreds will march down Auburn Avenue from Peachtree Street to Jackson Street. The NAACP march will be along portions of Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway to MLK Jr. High Reggie Johnson School at 3991 Snapfinger Road/MLK Parkway in Lithonia. Former NBA player Reggie Johnson of the 1983 World Champions Philadelphia 76ers and WSB-TV news reporter Tom Jones will be grand Tom Jones marshals. Marching bands from MLK Jr., Stone Mountain, Clarkston, Cedar Grove and Cross Keys high schools will perform. The parade kicks off from the parking lot of Green Pastures Christian Ministries

at 12:30 p.m. It culminates with a rally at the high school. Marchers will begin lining up at 10:30 a.m. at Green Pastures. The church is at 5455 Flat Shoals Parkway in Decatur. For more information, contact Sarah CopelinWood at

Outdoor projects at Panola Mountain Fans of the great outdoors can help beautify Panola Mountain State Park on Jan. 19 as a Hands On Atlanta Day of Service project. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., volunteers will spread mulch, remove invasive plants and clean mud from signs and fences, and paint picnic tables. The park is a 100-acre granite outcrop in Stockbridge. It is similar to Stone Mountain but smaller and more pristine. Park visitors can see the outcrop and its rare ecosystem just as it looked centuries ago. Panola Mountain State Park is part of the

Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area and is maintained by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Volunteers must be at least 8 years old with adult supervision. Court-ordered volunteers are permitted to serve. The project is partially accessible for wheelchair users. Full opportunity address and directions will be sent by email after sign-up. To sign up, visit http://www.handsonatlanta. org/mlkday2015.

Millennials Courage in Action for young adults Young adults from across metro Atlanta will participate in the Millennials Courage in Action Service Project on Jan. 19 as part of the King Day observance. They will engage in “Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous

people,” a three-hour project illustrating the first principle of nonviolence. For more information, contact Vonetta West at or 404526-8972.

Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a Day of Service “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Yours in service. Larry Johnson, DeKalb County Commissioner, District 3

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Martin Luther King Day Special Section

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Martin Luther King Day Special Section