The Fourth Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Walk of Faith event is scheduled for Jan. 18.
The walk, hosted by Restoration Tabernacle Ministries, began in 2011 as an activity for the MLK holiday. It is an activity to bring the community together, promote health in a faith-based community, bring awareness to childhood obesity and promote youth and adults to be humanitarians.
Geneva Scott-King, an event coordinator, said, “The event originated in 2011 as an event for health promotion and education on historic landmarks. It also unifies the community, as well as recognizing a local trailblazer during the Rev. Martin Luther King holiday.”
On the walk route, the participants will go by many historic churches.
“I think the goal is to promote well-rounded citizens in body, mind and soul that are able to stand out and make positive contributions in the community,” said King.
This year’s grand marshal, who will lead the walk, is Lucinda Brown of Thomasville. Brown is the president of Thomasville NAACP. She won the Humanitariof the Year Award in 2013.
Brown is also a case manager for Thomasville Department of Family and Children Services. She has been regarded as a woman who works to unite all walks of life, regardless of race, gender, economic or social standing.
“I didn’t know I was going to receive the award, so it was an awesome surprise. It was wonderful to be thought of in this way, an honor,” said Brown.
Each year citizens are nominated for the Humanitarian Award. Awards include the Humanitarian Award, College Stipend Award, Ministry Participation Award, Prizes for Adult Male, Female and Youth.
Nomination forms can be found at www.mlkhumanitarianwalk.org and e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The forms can also be mailed to P.O. Box 7413 Thomasville, Ga., 31757 or dropped-off at 1002 N. Broad St.
The two-mile walk through downtown Thomasville will begin at 1002 N. Broad St., with a pre-walk ceremony at 8:45 a.m.. The walk begins at 9 a.m.
Gifts and prizes will be awarded. Registration cost $10, which allows participants to receive a t-shirt. Registration costs $5 for those who don’t want a shirt. Youth (12-18) registration costs $3.
For more information and to register online, visit www.mlkhumanitarianwalk.org.