MLK parade, program set


The Fayette County Branch of the NAACP in partnership with the Fayette County Board of Education will present the annual parade and subsequent commemorative program in celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Holiday, scheduled for Monday, Jan. 16.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Portia H. Shields, who has served as president of Albany State University and other prestigious institutions of higher learning.

Dr. Fields holds a Ph.D. in early childhood/elementary education from the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland: Master of Arts degree in remedial reading from George Washington University, Washington, D.C.; and a Bachelors degree in elementary education from the District of Columbia Teachers College, Washington, D.C.

The Fayette County Branch invites the community; churches, fraternities, sororities, organizations and businesses to participate in the parade and program. Parade participants can secure a Parade Entry Form or register online by accessing the branch’s website, Parade entry fee is $40.

A pre-parade breakfast will be available for purchase from 9-10 a.m. in the Fayette County High School parking lot. The parade will start from the Fayette County High School parking lot at 10:30 a.m. and subsequent commemorative program will begin around 11:30 am in F. A. Sams Auditorium, 205 LaFayette Drive, Fayetteville.

The NAACP will also recognize outstanding parade participants, elementary school art submissions and essay submissions. Other partners include Theta Lambda Lambda Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated; Tau Epsilon Omega and Phi Pi Omega Chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.