By GALEN HOLLEY
The Lake City is preparing to celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and according to the celebration chairperson, this year’s event should be bigger than ever.
The day’s observances, set for Jan. 20, will begin with a prayer breakfast at 8 a.m. at the Lewis Johnson Senior Citizen Complex.
The theme for this year’s observances is “Remember! Celebrate! Act!: A Day On, Not A Day Off!”
“We’re expecting a great turnout for the breakfast, and people will be interested in hearing our guest speaker,” said Grenada MLK Celebration Chairperson Faye Taylor.
Democratic State Senator David Lee Jordan, who represents the 24th District, will address those gathered at breakfast.
The cost of the breakfast is $10. Children age five and younger eat free. Tickets may be purchased with cash only.
The day’s celebration will continue with a parade through downtown, starting at 3:30 p.m.
The parade will start at All Saints Episcopal Church on South Main St., then proceed north, making a left on Pearl St., then making another left on Martin Luther King Boulevard, ending at Telegraph St.
“We’re expecting around 80 participants, including cars, floats and walking groups, among others,” said Taylor.
Applications for parade entries are available at the Grenada Area Chamber of Commerce, Taylor said, and the deadline for registration on Jan. 17.
Grenada’s High School Band will be the featured band, Taylor said.
King, widely considered to be among the premier civil rights leaders of the 20th Century, led a march in Grenada in September of 1966 to bring attention to children being threatened and attacked as schools were integrated. Folk singer Joan Baez was among those in attendance.
“This event in Grenada gets bigger every year, and folks really look forward to it,” said Taylor.
“It’s important for our city to honor Dr. King’s legacy and to continue his good work toward racial reconciliation and harmony among all people.”