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MLK celebration Monday
Downtown parade set for 2 p.m.
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Statesboro High School student Joshua Jackson marches down Main Street during the 2009 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade. The 2010 parade is Monday at 2 p.m. in downtown Statesboro.
    With Martin Luther King Day approaching, the Bulloch County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has a full slate of weekend activities planned.
    The celebration begins with the Youth Council Prayer Breakfast to be held Saturday at St. Matthews Catholic Church on Gentilly Road at 8 a.m. The keynote speaker is Sonyi Leach, principal of Swainsboro High School. Tickets for the breakfast are $10, to cover the cost of the meal, and are available at the door.
    On Monday, the Martin Luther King Day parade will begin at 2 p.m. and this year's theme is “America Fulfilling His Dream Through Unity.” Bobby Simmons, a life member and one of the founders of the Bulloch County branch of the NAACP, will be this year's Grand Marshall. Simmons is very active in the local branch and is a deacon at Thomas Grove Baptist Church.
    Pearl Brown, president of the Bulloch County branch, said Martin Luther King Day is not only for celebration and remembrance, but above all a day of service.
    “In remembering the work of Dr. King, we display the very best of America in terms of our strength and endurance to overcome and succeed,” Brown said in a press release. “No other day of the year beings so may peoples from different cultural backgrounds together in such a vibrant spirit of brother and sisterhood.”
    The parade will start at Olive and North Main Streets, near Kentucky Fried Chicken, and proceed south on Main where it will turn right onto West Main Street. From there, the parade will continue to Martin Luther King Blvd. where it will turn back north and finish up at Luetta Morre Park. More than 100 different groups are expected to participate in the event.
    After the parade, the MLK Day celebration will culminate with a Community Service Program at the Tabernacle Baptist Church on Bulloch Street. Langston Chapel Middle School principal Elizabeth Williams will be the keynote speaker. The event is free and open to the public.

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