Monday, January 21, 2013
She performed her international hit "War" alongside dancers from Snellville's Time2Inspire.
Music has been in Yewande Austin’s blood since she was a little girl. Raised by a mother who wanted to raise a well-rounded young woman, she was taught to “praise God, cook and play the piano.” “Little did she know that I would really answer a calling with music,” she said. From BET to MTV, Yewande's talent has led to performances with the likes of the Black Eyed Peas, India.Arie, Enrique Iglesias, Maroon 5 and A Simple Plan. Her music touches on things generally ignored in chart-topping music - poverty, social change, AIDS, gender inequality and war. Her newest release by Phoenix Records, "War", is an example of her use of music as a means of social change. "There is an internal chaos that resides in every one of us," she says in the …
Sunday, January 20, 2013
The event is a joint effort between Mayor Kelly Kautz and New Jerusalem Baptist Church.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Is it a day to celebrate, a day to give back or the last day of a long weekend?
Monday, Jan. 21, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. For some, it is a day to honor the prominent civil rights activist by giving back to the community, like these opportunities chronicled in Athens Patch and Oconee Patch. For others, it is a day of celebration, a way to celebrate the unity in the community, like the second annual Martin Luther King Jr., Day Parade that will take place in the city of Snellville on Monday. And for others, it is the final day on a long weekend and an opportunity for a day off work. So which is it for you? A day to give back, a day to celebrate or the last day of a vacation weekend? A little history, courtesy of Wheaton Patch Martin Luther King Jr. Day, now a U.S. holiday, took 15 years to create. Legislation was …
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Snellville Patch captured some video of Monday's event to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
On Monday, January 16, 2012, the first-ever march to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. took place in Snellville. A grassroots event, the march was organized by New Jerusalem Baptist Church. The pastor there is the Rev. Elijah Collins. A commemorative church service followed. Collins, former Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer, Mayor Kelly Kautz, the Rev. Robbie Ballard of Grace Missionary Baptist Church in Auburn, Ga., New Jerusalem Baptist Church choir and its dance ministry are featured in the attached video. To read our story and view photos of the events, click here.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Snellville organized the city's first-ever march to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
On Monday, New Jerusalem Baptist Church organized the city's first-ever march to honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The march began at noon, leaving Snellville City Hall and stopping traffic along the way to New Jerusalem Baptist Church located on Dogwood Road. Snellville's mayor and city council, religious leaders, local nonprofits, and citizens of all ages gathered for the historic event. "I felt a little bit of pride inside as I looked back," said Mayor Kelly Kautz. "I looked back, and we had the whole street covered. I think it was a great turnout." Snellville did not officially designate Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a holiday until 2007. Only a few years earlier in 2001, did the city vote for Melvin Everson …
Monday, January 16, 2012
Martin Luther King, Jr. rallied for peace in the world, but what about the peace, or lack thereof, within ourselves?
The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an advocate for peace. About a year before his assassination, the famous civil rights activist gave one of his most famous speeches entitled “A Time to Break Silence,” which outlined reasons the United States should withdraw from the Vietnam War. Ultimately, he longed to see a world at peace — peace within our borders and beyond. While peace between individuals, and certainly nations, is imperative to life as we know it, many people forget about the importance of finding peace within ourselves. For some, though, acquiring a peace with the life that we’ve been given can seem as much a lost cause as a world without the war that King rallied against. Not having inner peace can make everyday life difficult…
Essay readings and performances at Meadowcreek kicked off the holiday in the county.
From hip-hop dances to thoughtful essays, Gwinnett County leaders, community members and students gathered yesterday to sing their diverse praises to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The celebration, sponsored by the United Ebony Society for 12 years running, was held at Meadowcreek High School. “I look into this crowd and I see unity,” said Nadege DeMaitre, a teacher at Moore Middle School who recognized student essays on the subject of diversity. “I know Dr. King is looking down on us and he is smiling.” The essays, which came toward the end of the program, gave a glimpse into what the legacy means to the students of a diverse county. “His words show us that one individual can make a difference,” said Jaden Fontaine, a student at Minor …
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Larenceville will hold its 12th annual MLK Day parade Monday, January 16.
The United Ebony Society is presenting its 12th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in Lawrenceville Monday, Jan. 16. After a 10 a.m. ceremony at the gazebo on the grounds of the Historic Gwinnett Courthouse, participants will march at 10:30 a.m. over to Central Gwinnett High School in Lawrenceville. Pedro “Pete” Marin, D-Norcross, will serve as the grand marshal of the parade. This year’s theme is “Unity in Diversity,” which reflects the different nationalities in Gwinnett County. Shuttle buses will provide transportation from Central Gwinnett High to the Historic Courthouse from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. for participants who park at the courthouse located at 564 Crogan St. Refreshments will be served at Central Gwinnett High at the …
Friday, January 13, 2012
New Jerusalem Baptist Church will host a Martin Luther King Jr. Day march and service on Jan. 16.
Snellville was the last city in Gwinnett County to adopt the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. That was in 2007. Since then, the city has had no parades, no ceremonies, no major speeches — like some of its neighbors — to commemorate the day. The Rev. Elijah Collins of New Jerusalem Baptist Church hopes that changes. On Monday, he and his congregation will take baby steps to making that happen. The church — which has more than 400 members — will gather for a special MLK Day parade, march and service. "This is the beginning of something," Collins said. The entire community is invited, and in fact, several other churches have been contacted to join the festivities, as well. Those who want to attend the parade/march should gather about 11:30 a.m…
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Hundreds show up to honor the slain civil rights leader.
The United Ebony Society of Gwinnett County held its 11th annual MLK Program and Parade Monday. Starting with a program that included music, singing, speeches and tributes, on the grounds of the Historic Gwinnett County Courthouse, an estimated crowd of 300 attendees gathered in the cold weather to pay homage to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Joseph McCarty, President of United Ebony Society stated this event started in 2000 as a grass roots community based effort to recognize the many achievements and contributions that Dr. King made in his lifetime. “It is important for all of us to come together and celebrate the many good deeds of Dr. King’s legacy so that they are not forgotten,” said McCarty. Kristin McNutt, 17, a …