Spectators at Monday’ MLK parade were entertained by a marching band, greeted by local dignitaries and beauty queens to commemorate the birth of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sponsored by the Bulloch County chapter of the NAACP, the parade kicked off at 2 p.m. with color guard members of the Statesboro Police Department and Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office and grand marshal Rev. Julius Abraham in the lead. Members of the Bulloch County Board of Commissioners, Statesboro Mayor Joe Brannen, City Manager Frank Parker, city council members, Senator Jack Hill, cars, vans and others on foot followed. Pearl Brown, local NAACP president, said around 80 units made the march down Main Street.
The theme was “Affirming America’s Promise” and honored the contributions of the military as well as the late Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks and the Rev Patrick Jones. The parade ended at Luetta Moore Park. Afterwards the Tabernacle Baptist Church on Bulloch Street was the location for a Community Service Program. The speaker was Reverend Francys Johnson who also honored Rev Abraham for his involvement in the community.