MLK DAY Jr. Holiday and Music Fest 2018-Post Press Release

Deborah Gonzalez, State Representative for District 117 presented a GA House Resolution at  the 2nd annual Athens MLK Day Parade and Music Fest 2018

Athens, Ga- On  Monday, January 15th, 2018, the 2nd annual Athens MLK Day Parade and Music Fest-hosted by United Group of Artist and Athens Anti-discrimination (non-profit partner), attracted thousands’ in downtown Athens. On a day for honoring the late Martin Luther King Jr. organizers-Knowa and Mokah-Jasmine Johnson of the MLK Day Parade and Festival also awarded several of Athens Black Community leaders such as Mrs. Lacy Johnson renowned educator, Mr. Vernon Payne who served on Athens Clarke County School District Board for more that 20 years, Mr. Harold Rittenberry renowned artist and sculpture, and Dr. Walter Allen Sr. noted music educator.

In addition, at the conclusion of the Athens MLK Day Jr. Parade and Fest 2018, Deborah Gonzalez, State Representative for District 117 presented a GA House Resolution to Knowa D. Johnson and Mokah Jasmine- Johnson that commends and honors their work.

Gonzalez states, “Honoring King encourages us to continue the efforts of those that came before us–especially those who lost everything in the process.” “Nearly 50 years later, there are individuals like Knowa D. Johnsonand Mokah Jasmine Johnson who are working diligently, tirelessly, and without the recognition they deserve.” “Their efforts help to shape a more just and fair community for all to thrive and grow in.”  The full transcript of the GA House Resolution follows below:

A RESOLUTION

Commending and recognizing Knowa D. Johnson and Mokah Jasmine Johnson for their outstanding community service; and for other purposes.

WHEREAS: Mr. Knowa D. Johnson and Mrs. Mokah Jasmine Johnson are exceptional citizens who have diligently served the State of Georgia and their local community, Athens, Georgia, with their outstanding community service. As activists, speakers, educators, and entrepreneurs, Knowa D. Johnson and Mokah Jasmine Johnson have created many opportunities for other members within their community to better empower themselves and find success.

WHEREAS: Mr. Knowa D. Johnson and Mrs. Mokah Jasmine Johnson have devoted their time and talent to multiple establishments throughout Athens and the State of Georiga, including founding the United Group of Artists producing company, establishing the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement, founding the VIP Girlz Dance and Leadership Program, co-founding the Athens Hip Hop Awards, and organizing and producing the Athens MLK Jr. Parade, and click here to read full resolution.

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