Prayer breakfast kicks off annual celebration

Staff Writer

   A prayer breakfast and parade are slated for Monday as the City of Grenada plans to celebrate Martin Luther King Day.
   “Dr. King sacrificed for the betterment of humankind, and Grenada should be the last place to forget his legacy,” said Ward Three Councilman Lewis Johnson.
   The day will start at 8 a.m. with a prayer breakfast at the Lewis Johnson Senior Complex. The guest speaker will be Mississippi Sen. Willie Simmons, who represents District 13, which includes Bolivar, Humphreys and Sunflower counties.
   The cost of the prayer breakfast will be $9.
   At the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, in Atlanta, Grenada is listed among the top 10 movements that Dr. King undertook  during his storied career in the civil rights movement.
   Johnson recently attended the funeral, in Atlanta, of the Rev. R.B. Cottonreader. Although he wasn’t among the more famous civil rights leaders, Cottonreader was one of the essential foot soldiers for King and for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The city of Grenada and its importance in the civil rights movement featured prominently in Cottonreader’s eulogy, Johnson said.
   “People might not be aware that Dr. King spent time here in the 60s,” said Johnson.
   More than 10 bands are slated to perform in the parade that will start at 3:30 p.m.
   “King Day is a day about unifying people,” said Johnson. “It’s a day that should bring out the best character in our community.”

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