Annual Martin Luther King Jr. event goes virtual, but adds public COVID tests, shots


The Rome Branch of the NAACP has announced its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Service will be held virtually on Monday, Jan. 17, at Zion Episcopal Church, 140 W. Liberty St. Following the service, event organizers will host a COVID-19 vaccine and testing pop-up site.

The program will start at 9 a.m. with featured guest speaker, Rev. Sharon Baugh, of the Hope Chapel AME Zion Church of Utica. Program participants will be the only people at the church during the service. Following the service — starting at 10:30 a.m. — will be a vaccine and testing pop-up site open to the public. The event will be limited to 150 vaccine shots and 50 COVID-19 tests.

“We look forward to celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” organizers said in their initial announcement. To join virtually via Zoom, participants log online to:; by one tap mobile 1-646-558-8656 with code 88005725155#; or +1-312-626-6799 with the code 88005725155#; or by calling 1-646-558-8656, 1-312-626-6799, 1-301-715-8592, 1-669-900-9128, 1-253-215-8782, or 1-346-248-7799 and use the webinar ID: 880 0572 5155.

“In honor of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. we are calling this a day of service,” organizers said, “a day to educate and help folks protect themselves and others by getting tested and vaccinated. We will be handing out face masks and hand sanitizers, donated by County Executive (Anthony J. Picente Jr.). You all are welcome to stop by...It’s a day on, not a day off,” organizers added. For information, call 315-271-7703.


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