Breakfast, parade highlight Dr. King celebrations here

Grenada School Superintendent Dr. David Daigneault, Holmes Community College board member Maurice Stinson, guest speaker State Sen. Willie Simmons, and Grenada City Councilman Lewis Johnson (from left) were among those celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Day and President Barack Obama’s second inauguration at the Lewis Johnson Senior Citizen Center in Grenada yesterday.

Staff Writer

   Around 300 turned out Monday for a prayer breakfast honoring the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
   Cars were parked on the sidewalks and the grass outside the Lewis Johnson Senior Complex as the smell of a hearty Southern breakfast, complete with grits, eggs, sausage and the fixings, filled the air.
   “Dr. King was a great American and a great man,” said the Rev. John Goldwater, pastor of Christ Community Church, who used a passage from Isaiah to speak about King’s efforts to defeat racism.
  “There will be a new heaven and new earth, and former things will not be remembered,” said Goldwater.
   King was the most famous leader of the civil rights movement, and led such noted events as the march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., in 1965, and the March on Washington in 1963. In the 1960s, King also visited Grenada, walking, alongside singer Joan Baez and others, to escort children to their newly-integrated school.

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