By Alice Cunningham
Hundreds of people lined the streets of McDonough Monday for the 12th
annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade organized by the
Henry County Branch of the NAACP.
Local churches, schools,
scout organizations, businesses, sororities and fraternities
were represented in the parade as they marched through the
streets of downtown McDonough. According to Shana
Thomas-Thornton, Henry County Chapter NAACP publicity chair,
there were more than 400 participants.
Locust Grove Elementary
School participated in the MLK Day parade held in McDonough
Monday. Photo by Alice Cunningham
Debra Upshaw from Jackson
drove to McDonough for the celebration with her two sons,
Joshua, 14 and Jordan, 10.
“This day holds special
significance for me because Martin Luther King stood for
equality, and he helped ensure that the things the U.S. was
founded on, freedom, justice and equality, are now able to be
enjoyed by all,” said Upshaw.
After the parade a
program was held at the Henry County Performing Arts Center
(PAC). McDonough Mayor Billy Copeland brought a welcome from the
City and McDonough Councilperson Sandra Vincent gave the keynote
address. The national recording musical group, Da Famous Boyzz,
who served as the official grand marshals at the parade,
performed at the program.
Thornton, who also served
as the Mistress of Ceremony for the program, said the theme for
the day was “Get On Board.”
“This message resonates
with everyone regardless of age, race or gender. We are asking
that everyone find a way to get involved with worthy efforts
that exemplify the life and work of Dr. King,” said Thornton.
“The citizens of this county showed their awesome support on
Monday and we are grateful.”
For more information on the Henry County
Chapter NAACP, please visit
www.hc-naacp.org or call 404-433-3290.