Snowy Parade Honors Dr. King
BY BRAD SAM
McKENZIE/ HUNTINGDON (April 7) — Wednesday, April 4 marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis. Residents of Carroll County honored the late civil rights icon and his legacy with a parade Saturday.
Unseasonable snow didn’t dampen the spirits of the dozens taking part in the parade, which began at Webb School in McKenzie and ended at the Carroll County Courthouse in Huntingdon.
The Grand Marshals of the parade were Neal and Priscilla Williamson. Neal is the president of the Webb Alumni Association and a graduate of the school. He is also a member of the NAACP and the MLK Steering Committee.
T heparadewasledandescorted by vehicles from the McKenzie Fire Department, the McKenzie Ambulance Service, the Huntingdon Fire Department, the Huntingdon Police Department and the Carroll County Sheriff ’s Office.
Churches participating in the parade were Greater Enon Missionary Baptist, Reedy Creek Missionary Baptist, New Reedy Creek Missionary Baptist, Clark Street Missionary Baptist, Little Grove Missionary Baptist, Wingo Baptist, St. John Baptist and McLemoresville Cumberland Presbyterian.
Following the parade, speeches were delivered on the steps of the courthouse by Williamson; Cedric Edmonson, president of the Carroll County MLK Steering Committee and L.C. Coleman, president of the Carroll County NAACP. The speeches focused on love, unity and working together, building on Dr. King’s legacy of nonviolence and peace.
The event ended with attendees holding hands in unity with a prayer led by Edmonson.
Photo courtesy Priscilla Williamson