TheMcKinney Center and StoryTown, along with the Heritage Alliance, will mark thebirthday of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 20, from2:30-3:30 with a community event and Peace Walk filled with histories andstories that draw on the teachings of Dr. King, who famously stated “Peace is not merely a distant goal thatwe seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”
In addition to honoring the life work of Dr.King, this event will also honor people from Jonesborough who have practicedpeace building and community making in this region. The Peace Walk along MainStreet in Downtown Jonesborough will include two stops, at which national andlocal history and stories will be shared, as well as a moving musical tributeled by the Historic Eureka Inn’s Katelyn Yarbrough at the conclusion of thewalk.
The McKinney Center is inviting the communityto meet at the plaza of the International Storytelling Center at 2:30 PM, whereJonesborough Mayor Chuck Vest will open the event. Michelle Treece will sharesome local history and a short story before leading the group on the Peace Walkthat will make stops at the Courthouse, and another stop at the plaza near theBoone Street Market where the Town murals are on display, and other speakerswill tell stories and share pieces of Dr. King’s speech.
Following the Peace Walk, participants willhave an opportunity to take part in a community art project, led by McKinneyCenter art faculty. This recycled material art project will be displayed atDepot Street Park throughout the month of January and February.
For more information about this event, pleasecontact McKinney Center Special Project Director Skye McFarland at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 423-753-0562.