Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Parades were held in Georgetown and Andrews to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
On Saturday, a large crowd lined Merriman Road in Georgetown where the annual parade - coordinated by the Mitney Project - took place.
On Monday, the actual federal holiday, the Andrews parade was held as people got together to walk and to honor King’s Dream. Kevin Freeman, Master of Ceremonies, started the day off by inviting everyone to sing The Negro National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Pastor Johnny Vereen read from the scripture while Elder Deshawn Rouse lead in prayer.
Andrews Mayor Rodney Giles welcomed everyone. He spoke briefly about teaching children about justice and equality, which Dr. King stood for. And he said we should keep moving forward.
Dr. Eddie Gamble Jr., Mount Olive & Ebenezer Church, spoke about five objectives everyone should work on achieving. First, self-respect, followed by high moral standards, work (get a job), leadership and fifth non-violence.
He pointed out that while Dr. King died a young man at 39, he worked tirelessly to defeat racial discrimination.
Thomas Alford recognized supporters which was followed by Benediction lead by Dr. Eddie Gamble Jr.
Town Council members Angela Anderson, Patsy Greene, Mattie McGee, Town Administrator Muretta Dorsey, Sudha Patel and Eddie Lee were present.