The Rev. James “Major” Woodall, state president of the Georgia NAACP, will deliver the keynote address during DeKalb County’s 36th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. CONTRIBUTED

Georgia NAACP state president to deliver DeKalb’s MLK Day address

The Rev. James “Major” Woodall, state president of the Georgia NAACP, will deliver the charge during DeKalb County’s 36th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, according to a press release.

At age 25, Rev. Woodall became the youngest state president in NAACP history when he was elected to lead the Georgia NAACP in 2019. He serves as an associate minister at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Marietta. Rev. Woodall also is an eight-year veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve.

An alumnus of Georgia Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in religious studies, Woodall currently is enrolled at the Interdenominational Theological Center pursuing a master of divinity degree through the Morehouse School of Religion.

The celebration, “King’s 2020 Vision: The Beloved Community – The Fierce Urgency of Now,” will be held 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 in the Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur.

The 2020 tribute marks the 52nd anniversary of King’s death and the 36th consecutive year DeKalb will host the employee-planned event honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King.

The celebration is free and open to the public.

Information: Nichole Simms at jnsimms@dekalbcountyga.gov or 404-371-2552.

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