Tributes to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. drew crowds to Thomson and neighboring communities Saturday and Monday.
Saturday, those attending a banquet at Vanderhorst C.M.E. Church in Thomson heard the Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Thomas, the pastor of Trinity C.M.E. Church in Augusta. Monday, an audience heard Nolan Smith Shaheed, an employment rights investigator with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Atlanta chapter. Both events were attended by members of Vanderhorst and other local churches.
On Monday, marchers gathered in downtown Warrenton and climbed to the top floor of the Warren County Courthouse for a program marking King’s birthday.
Also Monday morning, Springfield Baptist Church in Thomson held a teach-in featuring King’s I Have a Dream speech and sacred music.
At 2 p.m. Monday, a crowd circled the fountain in front of the Thomson-McDuffie Government Center and Courthouse. Local pastors urged the audience to remember King’s ambitions and reminded their listeners that many of King’s goals have yet to be accomplished.
The event, which was called on one day’s notice, attracted an audience of 82.