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Rev. Kenny Williams

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- The Murfreesboro chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will host the second annual Civil Rights Week beginning Monday, Jan. 13.

This year's Civil Rights Week is taking place on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

“This is a very significant year,” said Rev. Kenny Williams, president of the Murfreesboro NAACP chapter. “I'm very proud that this is the second annual Civil Rights Week, and I'm looking forward to inspiring and empowering individuals throughout the community. It's going to be a very informative week.”

The theme for this year's Civil Rights Week is “Change That Produces Changes.”

“God dropped that theme in my spirit last year,” Williams said. “Nothing in this world moves to another level unless change is involved. A baby learns to crawl before they learn how to walk.

"People do things differently from the time they're young to the time they leave this earth. Changes are going to be inevitable as long as you're here. You have to change with the times and that's how we progress as people.”

After the tremendous success of last year's Civil Rights Week, Williams said other NAACP organizations from nearby states began to call him asking for advice on how to put together Civil Rights Weeks of their own. Williams said he wants to repeat last year's successful formula, but is taking a different approach this time.

“We're looking to be able to continue along the same lines as we did last year with a little more emphasis on change. In life, everything will change and we have to be able to change with the changes,” he said.

Each event is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. except for the MLK Breakfast and MLK March.

On Monday, Jan. 13, the Health Committee will address health and mental issues in under-served communities at First Baptist Church.

On Tuesday, Jan. 14, the Education Committee will hold a discussion called “Academic Agility Part II- Reducing the School to Prison Pipeline,” at New Hope Church Of God In Christ.

The following day, there will be an activity by the Political Action Committee at Cedar Grove Primitive Baptist Church. The topic will be called “Reclaiming Our Voice.” The next day will be a discussion called “Your Past Is Not Your Present” at Central Christina Church.

On Friday, Jan. 17, a youth night will be held at Central Magnet School. The theme will be “Recognizing The Value Of Our Youth.”

On Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Stones River County Club, the NAACP will host the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast at 9 a.m. John Seigenthaler will be the guest speaker.

On Sunday, Jan. 19, the Religious Affairs Committee will host an event titled “Walking in the Footsteps of our Forefathers and Foremothers.” This activity will take place at First Baptist Church.

Williams noted that people sometimes try to repeat the success of legendary pioneers and get frustrated when they can't measure up. This event will let people know that process can still be made.

“As we move in life, we may never be able to fit the shoes, but we can move in the shoes. We can move in what they already walked in, Williams said.

The next day, the NAACP will host the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Walk at Central Magnets School. Participants are scheduled to meet at the school at 11:30 a.m. Williams is aware that when people hear about the NAACP, they automatically assume it's an exclusive African American organization.

“This is not a race organization. It's about the empowerment of all people,” he explained. “Last year's Civil Rights Week was wonderful. This is going to be a powerful week. I'm looking forward to this.”

For more information, contact Murfreesboro's NAACP Community Coordinator Mimi Trent at mimitrent@yahoo.com or Williams at lk.williams@comcast.net.

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