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Dec. 19 is deadline to register for DeKalb NAACP’s King Day Parade

12/6/2013, 6 a.m.
Community, civic, church, fraternal, school and college groups; alumni; homeowners associations; and marching bands can sign up this month to march in the 2014 parade.

Groups wanting to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the DeKalb NAACP’s 12th annual parade and rally have to register by Dec. 19.

The NAACP’s annual event, which honors the late civil rights activist who fought to end racial segregation and discrimination, takes place on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 20.

Sarah Copelin-Wood, chair of the Parade and Rally Committee, says it’s a great opportunity to celebrate the ideals of a leader in the 1960s civil rights movement.

“We are soliciting and encouraging everyone to participate and/or attend our annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” she said.

Participation in the King Day parade is open to community, civic, church, fraternal, school and college groups; alumni; and home­owners associations, among others.

King was born on Jan. 15, 1929, and the national King Day holiday is observed on the third Monday in January. It was first celebrated in 1986.

Volunteers and sponsors are encouraged to join the celebration.

The parade kicks off on Jan. 20 at 10:30 a.m. from the parking lot of Green Pastures Christian Ministries Inc. at 5455 Flat Shoals Parkway in Decatur. Participants will march to Snapfinger Road/Highway 155, and the parade culminates at MLK Jr. High School, the only Georgia school named for King.

The rally begins immediately after the parade at the school at 3991 Snapfinger Road/MLK Parkway in Lithonia.

High school marching bands already signed up for the parade include the MLK Lions, the Stone Mountain Pirates, the Towers Titans, and the Ronald E. McNair Mustangs.

Copelin-Wood says that other marching bands are welcome to participate.

For more information or to register or be a sponsor, contact Sarah Copelin-Wood at schoolsandcommunity@yahoo.com or 404-371-1490.