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Parade, poetry and other events celebrate MLK
Sheila Francois to keynote Saturday breakfast
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Members of the Antiooch Missionary Baptist Church make their way along the parade route during the 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade in downtown Statesboro. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/file

The 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration in Statesboro will include a prayer breakfast, s poetry and literature reading, church services, a community gathering and a parade, said Pearl Brown, president of the Bulloch County chapter of the NAACP.

The prayer breakfast is slated for Saturday at 8 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church off Gentilly Road, Brown said. Sheila Francois will be the keynote speaker, and tickets are $12, with proceeds to benefit the Bulloch County Youth Council.

As part of the Averitt Center for the Arts’ African Heritage Series, Director Mical Whitaker will present “Behold, Here Cometh the Dreamer,” an evening of poetry and literature readings from the works of renowned African writers, as presented by eight local community leaders. The event is set for Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Whitaker Black Box Theater in the Averitt Center annex on West Main Street. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12.

Brown said many area churches are planning individual services Sunday.

Monday at 2 p.m., Deacon Arthur Rosier will lead the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade through downtown Statesboro as grand marshal, she said.

“We have over 100 entries, and many have not yet registered,” Brown said.

The theme for the parade is the celebration of black history and recognition of King’s birthday, as well as his contributions to society.

After the parade is over, the public is invited to a community service at Tabernacle Baptist Church on Bulloch Street. The keynote speaker will be the Rev. Craig R. Tremble, who will offer words of inspiration, Brown said.


Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.–


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