By ALLEN BASWELL
A day of reflection on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, along with a parade, was the order of events yesterday as Grenada celebrated Dr. King’s birthday.
“Everything went very well. It was all very exciting,” said Faye Taylor, co-chairman of the King celebration.
The day started with the 20th annual King Community Prayer Breakfast at Taylor Hall. The theme of the event was “Saluting the Life, Dream and Vision of Dr. Martin Luther King.”
“We had over 300 people attend this year’s breakfast, which was more than last year when we had 250. We had a good response from the community,” she said.
Gary Anderson was guest speaker. The Byhalia native, who makes his home in Jackson, owns The Anderson Company LLC, a consulting company providing governmental relations and financial services to public and private sector entities. He also served as the state’s chief fiscal officer and executive director of the Department of Finance and Administration, and ran for State Treasurer in 2003 and Insurance Commissioner in 2007.
Taylor said Anderson’s speech focused on Dr. King’s legacy and the dream he spoke of in his famous “I Have a Dream” speech made in Washington in 1963.
“He spoke of how the dream of blacks being able to vote came true, and how he dreamed of unity between the blacks and whites. That has become reality,” she said.
Taylor said Anderson also spoke on the election of Obama as this nation’s first African-American president.
“He said it goes to back to when Dr. King said he dreamed everyone from Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics will come together, and it happened in this election,” she said.
The activities ended with a parade yesterday afternoon down Main Street onto Pearl Street, then to Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard, ending at Telegraph Street.
Those attending the parade had the opportunity to see three bands. The Grenada High Band was the featured band. Other bands participating included Velma Jackson High School Band from Camden, and J.J. McClain High School Band from Lexington,
“We had about 40 participants in the parade, including floats, cars, motorcycles and horses We had good weather and it all turned out beautifully. The community responded very well to this meaningful event,” she said.
By ALLEN BASWELL