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On This Day in History: Roe v. Wade, '1984,' Paterno Dies

On this day in history:

1946 - The Central Intelligence Group, the forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency, is created.

1963 - Former Atlanta Braves infielder Jeff Treadway was born. He would become a coach at Stratford Academy in Macon.

1973 - The Supreme Court delivered its decision in Roe v. Wade, which legalized elective abortion in the first trimester.

1st Grader Delivers King's "Dream" Speech

A Macon 1st grader channeled his inner Dr. Martin Luther King Monday at an MLK Day service at Steward Chapel AME Church.

Ashton Young, a student at M.A. Evans School recited the whole speech from memory and got the crowd roaring. 

You can watch the young orator's whole speech above.

Students Compete in 4-H District Project Achievement

Students Compete in 4-H District Project Achievement

Twenty-one Bibb County Cloverleaf 4-H’ers competed in District Project Achievement held in Forsyth on December 15. Project Achievement provides 4-H’ers with the opportunity to develop and apply communication skills. Through the District Project Achievement process 4-H’ers practice expository writing, improve their public speaking ability, and cultivate their presentation skills. Ninety percent of the Bibb County 4-H’ers placed first, second or third in their project area.

Barden Elementary School

Breanna Fossett - Ocean Ecology - 2nd

Burghard Elementary School

Kamia Brown - Communications - 2nd

Chri’Shonia Carnegie - History -7th

Fanando Smith - Wildlife - 2nd

Lane Elementary School

Aniya Glover - Clothing and Textiles - 1st

Morgan Elementary School

Danasia Bennett - Food for the Family - 3rd

Rice Elementary School

Solomon Tharpe - Time and Money Management - 1st

Boykin, Grant Power Mercer to 79-64 Win over ETSU

MACON, Ga. (School Release)- The Mercer women's basketball team used career efforts by sophomore Sharnea Boykin and junior Kendra Grant to grind out its fifth-straight win, 79-64, over East Tennessee State on Monday afternoon at Hawkins Arena.

Mercer (11-7, 5-2 A-Sun) has now won five-straight games for the first time since the 2005-06 season and sits alone in third-place in the Atlantic Sun Conference standings as we approach the mid-way point of the league schedule.

Boykin dished out a career-high 15 assists in the win, the most helpers in a single-game by anyone in the A-Sun Conference since Mercer's Courtney Ford also had 15 assists in a win over Charleston Southern in November of 2009.

Thousands Rally for MLK Day in Macon

Four different groups of marchers from different parts of Macon all met at City Hall for a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day rally.

One marcher 13WMAZ caught up with from a group marching from the Rosa Jackson Center in East Macon says the event has been going on since 1969, the year after Dr. King was assassinated.

But the marchers ranged in age from those who remembered Dr. King, to young children in strollers born after America elected its first African-American president.

It's why some marchers said they wanted to bring their children with them. "It's imperative that they understand that the things that they have like the witness to the inauguration of the first black president, Barack Obama, Martin Luther King paved the way for that," says Jada Elliott.

Local Organizations Offer a Day of Service

For many thousands of Americans Monday wasn't just a day off, or even inauguration day, it was a day of service.

13WMAZ's Jennifer Moulliet caught up with two Central Georgia groups to show you how they gave back.

"We are starting our project to renovate this 1920's house." says Diane Fuller, a member of the Fuller Center for Housing's board. 

Fuller says they're converting two apartments back into a single family house. "We're going to put a new roof, plumbing, new electrical, sand the floors, new paint, interior and exterior," explains Fuller. 

Fuller says the payments on the home will be affordable, and the family won't be charged interest.

"This family would normally not be able to own their own home, because they can't qualify for a bank loan, but through the Fuller Center they'll be able to own this home, " says Fuller. 

Remembering a Former Macon Poet's Inaugural Day

Like Robert Frost and Maya Angelou before him, poet and former Macon resident Miller Williams was asked to craft an inauguration day poem for President Bill Clinton's second term in 1997.

It's pretty select company considering only three Presidents have invited poets to inaugural festivities: John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. 

Here's how Williams' inaugural poem, "Of History And Hope," begins: