Weekend brings MLK Jr. parade

Fri, 01/18/2008 - 9:16am
By: The Citizen

MLK Jr. Parade 07

Fayette County will once again celebrate and memorialize Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life with a community parade over the holiday weekend.

On Saturday, January 19, The Fayette County NAACP in collaboration with Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the Fayette County Board of Education will host the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade.

The annual parade, which is a celebration of the birthday and holiday of the Civil Rights leader, will begin at 11 a.m., with the parade line up beginning at 10 a.m., at Fayette County High School in Fayetteville.

The Fayette County NAACP has extended an invitation to all local churches, businesses, civic organizations and citizens to enter floats, automobiles and/or marching units to participate in the parade.

“We are looking forward to including the entire community as we celebrate the belief of Dr. King and the diversity in Fayette County,” said Rev. Edward Johnson, chair of the annual parade planning committee.

The parade will line up in the school’s parking lot and will begin at 11 a.m. Immediately following the parade a brief program will be held at F.A. Sams Auditorium to observe the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and showcase the talent of Fayette County youth.

The program will feature keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Francys Johnson, South East Regional Director of the NAACP. Johnson is a local minister, educator and attorney.

This is the seventh year that a public program in recognition of Dr. King’s birthday has been held in Fayette County.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

For more information, please call 770-460-9934 or visit www.fcnaacp.org.

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