Hogansville MLK Celebration Set for Sunday

The City of Hogansville will hold its annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at the Hogansville Elementary Auditorium Sunday afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Pastor Jimmy R. Gibson, Sr. of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Atlanta. Rev. Gibson is an accomplished minister, musician, and singer with over 30 years of pastoral leadership experience. He comes from a line of gifted preachers, as his Father and Grandfather were major contributors to his early accomplishments in ministry. Rev. Gibson is a blessed, anointed, and gifted man of God who is committed to carrying out God’s Vision.

This year marks the fourth year Hogansville has hosted the annual event honoring Dr. King and the accomplishments of local African Americans who have made a difference in our community. As has become tradition, a Lifetime Achievement Award is given out annually to a local citizen who exemplifies the work done by Dr. King. This year’s recipient is the late Rev. Bradell Allison-Martin and will be presented posthumously during Sunday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

Rev. Martin was a native of Hogansville and graduated with honors from West End High School. She would later marry the love of her life, Charlie Frank Martin. She was a local civil rights activist and organizer, who worked alongside her male contemporaries in the 1960s and early 1970s to make our county a better place, until her passing in March 28, 2017 at the age of 75.

Bradell was a known seamstress within the community and the surrounding areas. She later became an ordained minister and pastored at Newnan Chapel in Newnan, Ga., and both Roe’s Chapel and Smith Chapel in Harris County. Bradell was one of the first female African American Methodist ministers in the North Georgia District. She paved the way for many more women to achieve the mantle of fully connected ministers.

She worked together with the late Lucius Glenn and Harold Smith to foster the West Side Voter League, a non-partisan political organization that was instrumental in getting African -Americans registered to vote and to exercise that vote at the polls. Bradell knew and understood the power of the ballot box, and worked tirelessly throughout her life to educate voters through her many efforts, which included facilitating candidate forums throughout the community.

The city will also honor former Callaway Cavalier and Georgia Bulldog Terry Godwin who recently played an integral part in the Bulldogs 54-48 win over Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl. The junior wide receiver helped the Bulldogs to the 2018 National College Football Championship against Alabama. Godwin caught only eight passes from October 28 to November 25, but stepped it up and caught five passes each in the SEC Championship and Rose Bowl.

Hogansville is proud of Godwin and Mayor and City Council will honor him with special recognition and a proclamation during Sunday’s event.