Americus-Sumter County Celebrates Dr. King Day

January 2019

Deacon Dwight Harris, Sr.
Keynote speaker for the Americus Sumter County MLK, celebration.

We are celebrating 51 years after our beloved Dr. King’s death.

Staff Reports


We are so very proud to announce the glorious events to be held on January 21, 2019. At 10:00 AM there will be a program at the Sumter County Courthouse where Dr. King’s jail cell door is displayed. The keynote speaker is Darrell Sabbs, Jr. The main event will be at 11:00 AM at Friendship Baptist Church on Cotton Avenue, Americus, GA. The keynote speaker is Deacon Dwight Harris, Sr.

We are so very proud to announce the glorious events to be held on January 21, 2019. At 10:00 AM there will be a program at the Sumter County Courthouse where Dr. King’s jail cell door is displayed. The keynote speaker is Darrell Sabbs, Jr. The main event will be at 11:00 AM at Friendship Baptist Church on Cotton Avenue, Americus, GA. The keynote speaker is Deacon Dwight Harris, Sr.

Our illustrious Dwight Harris is a native of Americus, GA. He attended and graduated from Americus High School. He was a great basketball player during his time at Americus High and received a scholarship to play basketball at Howard Junior College in Big Springs, Texas. After leaving Howard Junior College, he attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Deacon Harris is employed with the Sumter County Parks and Recreation Department as the Athletic Director. He manages the basketball, football, track, cheerleading and summer day camp programs. He is the CEO of the Dwight Harris Boys Club (DHBC) where he runs a Summer Day Camp for boys as well as the DHBC Summer Basketball League.

Deacon Harris enjoys working with children throughout the community. He is a member of Masonic Lodge #17 of Americus, GA. He is also a member of Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church where he serves in the Usher’s Ministry and is Chairman of the Deacon’s Ministry. Deacon Dwight Harris is married to Victoria Harris and they have one son, Dwight “DJ” Harris, Jr.