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Harrison County Branch # 6185 of the NAACP is gearing up for the 38th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade, which will be held Monday, January 17 at noon in downtown Marshall.

“This is a procession celebrating the life of Martin Luther King,” said local NAACP President Zephaniah Timmins.

“We celebrate because we are free and this freedom did not come lightly,” said Timmins. “And Dr. King sacrificed; he made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom so that maybe we could get justice, which still seems a long way off, but it thwarts. So we continue to celebrate Dr. King because he was the spearhead of justice.

Registrations for the noon parade are now being accepted. The fees are $ 10 per vehicle and $ 25 for a trailer. This year’s theme is “Living the Dream; Set new standards.

The parade will follow its traditional route, starting at the historic 1901 Harrison County Courthouse in Downtown Square and ending at the Marshall Convention Center. The celebration will then continue at the George Washington Carver Community Center, located at 2302 Holland St.

“We will have our procession at the Marshall Convention Center as always, but shortly after our procession we will all meet at the George Washington Carver School,” said Timmins. “There will be candidates out there who come forward, and we would like to introduce these candidates to you. “

In addition to presentations from political candidates, vendors will also be in attendance at the George Washington Carver Community Center. In conjunction with the holiday celebration, Ointing Grace Ministries, located in Carver, will be culminating their blanket drive and asking all attendees to donate a blanket or donate to the cause, Timmins said. The ministry’s goal is to collect more than 200 blankets to distribute to the elderly in the community to stay warm during the winter.

The NAACP President noted that the annual evening banquet will not be held, once again, this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but they look forward to all the outdoor activities planned in Carver. Monday afternoon.

“This is all going to take place outside,” Timmins said. “We are not having an indoor banquet because of the COVID (pandemic). We cannot control who is vaccinated and who is not. Even though it’s a personal (choice) with people, I don’t have the right to put anyone’s life in danger. We may come back later and have an NAACP banquet.

Presentation on this year’s celebratory theme, Living the Dream; Setting new standards, Timmins asked everyone this question: “Are you living the dream or the life you want to live?” If so, great. If not, why not? ”

He challenged everyone to think about their dream in life, just like Dr. King did when he gave his famous “I have a Dream” speech on August 28, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial in the United States. national capital.

“Some time before August 28, 1963, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. That day he traveled to Washington, DC to tell the nation about his dream, ”said Timmins. “In his speech, Dr King said: In a sense, we came to our nation’s capital to cash a check… a promissory note that every American was to inherit.

King explained that this note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

As Dr King began to tell the nation about his dream, he said, ‘I dream that someday this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed:’ We take these truths for granted that all men are created equal, ”said Timmins.

Timmins said the civil rights leader went on to say he envisions sons of former slaves and sons of former slave owners to sit together at the fellowship table. He further dreamed that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state suffocating with the heat of injustice and the heat of oppression, would turn into an oasis of freedom and justice.

“He also dreamed that his four grandchildren would someday live in a nation where they weren’t judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character,” said Timmins. “And if America is to be a great nation, it has to become true.”

That said, King asked for the freedom to ring from every top of the mountain to every bottom of the valley.

“When we let freedom ring,” he said, “we can accelerate this day when all the children of God – black men, white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics – can join hands and sing in old Negro spiritual. , ‘finally free, finally free, thank goodness we are finally free, ”said Timmins.

“So what’s your dream?” Timmins reiterated, raising the question to all. “What new standards have you set? “

To participate in Monday’s parade, contact Timmins at (903) 930-7230, the NAACP office at (903) 935-2255, Cassandra James at (903) 923-2837, Patricia Frazier-Butler at (903) 407- 8585, or Leo Morris at (281) 736-0574. For more information on vendor spaces, call Timmins.

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