NAACP DeKalb County branch 18th annual MLK Parade has the theme “Remember the Dream, Honor the Dreamer.” COURTESY OF NAACP DEKALB COUNTY

NAACP DeKalb hosts 18th annual MLK Day parade

The NAACP DeKalb 18th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. parade is set for Monday, Jan. 20. The origination point is the Green Pastures Christian Ministries Church located at 5455 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur. Parade participants are asked to assemble at the church at 10 a.m. The kick-off ceremony begins at 11:30 a.m. and the parade starts promptly at noon, according to a press release.

The annual parade is held on the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday and commemorates the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who would have been 91 years old on his next birthday.

“We continue to honor Dr. King so that he is always remembered for his sacrifice for all people,” said NAACP DeKalb President Teresa Hardy.

The parade route begins at the church going east on Flat Shoals Parkway, then south on Snapfinger Road (Ga. Hwy. 155/Martin Luther King Junior Parkway) and ending at the Martin Luther King High School, 3991 Snapfinger Rd., Stonecrest.

The 2020 parade Grand Marshal is Barbara Cross, survivor of the 1963 bombing at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama which took the lives of four young girls.

The DeKalb County School District, the DeKalb County Public Safety Department, the DeKalb County Sanitation Division, the DeKalb Sheriff’s Department, Green Pastures Christian Ministries Church, John Miles auto dealerships, Boost Mobile, and other community organizations are partnering with the NAACP DeKalb in conducting this year’s parade.


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