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McKinney Center to Host Annual MLK Day Peace Walk

Children share words of encouragement and action at 2018 walk. (H&T file photo)


The McKinney Center and StoryTown, along with the Heritage Alliance, will mark the birthday of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, Jan. 20, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. with a community event and Peace Walk.

The event will be filled with histories and stories that draw on the teachings of Dr. King, who famously stated “Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”

In addition to honoring the life work of Dr. King, this event will honor people from Jonesborough who have practiced peace building and community making in this region. The Peace Walk along Main Street in Downtown Jonesborough will include two stops, at which national and local history will be shared, as well as a moving musical tribute led by the Historic Eureka Inn’s Katelyn Yarbrough at the conclusion of the walk.

The McKinney Center is inviting the community to meet on the plaza of the International Storytelling Center at 2:30 p.m., where Jonesborough Mayor Chuck Vest will open the event. Michelle Treece will share some local history and a short story before leading the group on the Peace Walk that will make stops at the Courthouse, and another stop at the plaza near Boone Street Market where the Town murals are on display, and other speakers will tell stories and share pieces of Dr. King’s speech.

Following the Peace Walk, participants will have an opportunity to take part in a community art project, led by McKinney Center art faculty. This recycled material art project will be displayed at Depot Street Park throughout the months of January and February.

For more information about this event, contact Skye McFarland at [email protected] or call (423) 753-0562.