Elberton native Price guest speaker at MLK Ecumencial Banquet

Elberton native Tiffany Price, Community Engagement Manager at the Kapor Center in Oakland, California, will be the special guest speaker at the local Martin Luther King Unity Ecumenical Banquet Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Historic Rock Gym.

The annual banquet and celebration will be a part of a five-day stretch of events in Elberton to honor Dr. King.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated nationally on Monday, Jan. 21.

This year’s theme for the event is “Love Crosses Borders; Let’s Cross Them Today.”

The MLK Unity Celebration theme was submitted to the committee by Elbert County Elementary School third grade student Jerry L. Mosier.

The week begins with a showing of the movie, “Our Friend Martin,” on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 9 a.m. The movie will begin at 9 a.m.

The MLK Ecumenical Banquet will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. in the Historic Rock Gym. The gym is located at 45 Forest Avenue.

The annual MLK Parade will begin at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20 with Bishop Thomas Brown, Presiding Prelate, CME Church Sixth Episcopal District State of Georgia serving as grand marshal.

The lineup for the parade will begin at 2:30 p.m. at the Blackwell Cultural Center.

Then on Monday, Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. the annual MLK Academic Bowl will be held at the Blackwell Cultural Center.

In the academic bowl students have an opportunity to sharpen their public speaking skills, increase their knowledge of Dr. King and his legacy, catch up on current events and local and national history.

For the first time this year, students will be asked impromptu questions to add variety to the routine, according to event organizer Mary Clark.

The MLK Ecumenical Banquet speaker, Price, works for the Kapor Center, where she is dedicated to support, understanding and diversification of the technology ecosystem in Oakland and the greater California Bay Area.

She serves on the Board of Advisors for /dev/color, a non-profit that supports black software engineers, serves on Hack Reactor’s Scholarship Advisory Committee and is on the Advisory Board of The Hidden Genius Project.

Price holds a master’s degree in International Comparative Education from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and international studies from Emory University.

For information on any of the events for the week, call MLK Unity Celebration organizer Mary Clark at 706-498-8439.

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