Local groups to host MLK celebration

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

By Mehgaan Jones


For more than a decade, the Committee for the Clayton County Martin Luther King Parade has joined forces with local civic groups, churches and businesses to celebrate the legacy of civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The eleventh annual Martin Luther King, Jr., parade, with the theme, "The Dream has not yet been fulfilled," will be held on Saturday, Jan. 15, in Riverdale, according to committee officials.

Also hosting the event are: The Elijah Summit Masonic Order and Eastern Stars of Jonesboro, as well as several other Clayton County organizations, according to Clayton County Martin Luther King, Jr., Parade Chairman Herman Turner.

"It is important to keep the dream alive ... Rev. King was slain, but he's not forgotten," said Turner. He added that he believes there is still a struggle for equality, so it is important to keep the dream of King relevant in current times.

The staging for the parade will begin at 8 a.m., which will include local school bands and even members of the Tuskegee Airmen, according to Turner.

The parade will commence at 10 a.m., from the parking lot of New Macedonia Baptist Church, which is located at 7725 Highway 85, in Riverdale. It will end at the entrance to The Home Depot store, located at 680 Lamar Hutcheson Parkway, in Riverdale.

The committee is still accepting requests for participants in the parade. For more information, please contact Herman Turner, at (770) 997-3393.