Athens has been celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with style for many years. There's music, poetry, and visual art at Lyndon House Arts Center and hundreds of volunteers ready to put in a hard day's work to make significant improvements to the community.
Montu Miller, Dawn Aiello, and Stacee Farrell have teamed up to create an interesting program about the way the Athens area celebrates MLK Jr. Day. Montu has for several years curated the art and performances at Lyndon House Arts Center, which are held the Sunday before the holiday. Dawn is currently the organizer of the day of service and can help people find the best project for their interests and talents. Stacee was the organizer in the early years and will describe some amazing accomplishments made on this day.
In 2002, four hundred volunteers removed 30 tons of debris from the Gospel Pilgrim Cemetery beginning a transformation of the cemetery from an abandoned property to a visitor destination. Over the years volunteers have increased to more than a thousand and they do a variety of tasks like planting bulbs and trees, building ramps, clearing kudzu, and creating gardens with local businesses and organizations donating generous matching funds.