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Prayer breakfast, parade slated to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Published 9:09pm Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Alexander City is preparing to once again celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee will host its 24th annual celebration starting Jan. 18 with a Scholarship Prayer Breakfast and continuing with a parade and program on Jan. 20.

Audrey Simmons, chairperson of the MLKCC, said the events of the celebration and meant to educate.

“24 years ago a group of concerned parents and citizens got together and decided we need to have a celebration honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King,” Simmons  said. “The celebration gives our kids the opportunity to participate in and understand what Dr. King meant not only to the African-American community, but to the world.”

The celebration will begin Jan. 18 with the breakfast at 8 a.m. in the Stephens Elementary School gymnasium. The breakfast is $10, and Tiwana Robbins, who leads mentor groups in Montgomery, will be the speaker.

The celebration continues Jan. 20 at 9 a.m. with the parade that will start at Stephens, go downtown and returns to the school.

Simmons said participation in the parade is free.

“For the parade, we have church groups, several businesses, a couple of Greek organizations, the Benjamin Russell band, and anybody who wants to be a part of it can be. There are no fees to be in it,” Simmons said. “We just ask that everyone in the parade decorate their cars or floats. We have Miracle Missionary Baptist Church, which won last year’s prize for best float, Friendship Church, the Omegas, and our Homecoming Queen from Benjamin Russell will also be there.”

Simmons said those who are interested in participating in the parade can contact her at 256-750-0663 in order to help sort out the logistics.

“We do have a form that anybody can fill out. They can get one from myself or any member of the committee. Or they can just call me and let me know,” Simmons said. “It’s not anything formal, there’s no fee, but we just need to know who wants to be involved so we know how to place them within the parade lineup as soon as possible.”

Simmons said this year’s celebration is about pushing service, helping others and the universal message of Dr. King.

“His peaceful approach to stopping injustice all over the world is actually something anybody can learn from,” Simmons said. “Our goal this year is to continue that legacy and keep that information in the forefront of our kids’ minds.”

The celebration program will follow the parade at 11 a.m. in the Stephens gym. Liberty Life Church will sing at the program and Dr. R. Cawley will be the speaker.

For more information, contact Simmons.