Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee, on behalf of the Laurel City Council, signed a proclamation Wednesday, January 8 to show appreciation for the work and commitment of the Do You Know Foundation of Mississippi to keep the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. alive in the city of Laurel.
According to the proclamation, for the past twenty-two years the Do You Know Foundation of Mississippi has scheduled parades, essay contests, art contests, and religious events to keep the history of the non-violent Civil Rights movement, championed by Dr. King, in the minds of generations.
The Freedom March and parade will be on Saturday, January 18 at 1 p.m., and it will follow the annual Christmas Parade route starting at the Sawmill Square parking lot. This year’s theme is “Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon.”
The theme was chosen in response to the several violent incidents that have happened in the community recently.
“We want to stress that there is a different way than being violent,” said Pastor Maurice McClendon.
Several activities are planned in addition to the parade starting on Friday, January 17 with “A Celebration of Greatness” (An Evening at the Apollo with King Sipp) at the LT Ellis Center, 610 Munson St., at 6 p.m. Hog Heaven has partnered with the foundation to offer chicken and sausage plates for $10 at the end of the parade on Saturday, January 18. On Sunday, January 19 a candlelight vigil and laying of the wreath will take place at the courthouse from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. Monday, January 20 will be Youth Day and Prayer Breakfast at the Cameron Center at 9 a.m.
All proceeds will go toward the scholarship program, which has provided at least three scholarships of $500 - $1,500 for high school senior students each year.
For more information, contact Pastor Maurice McClendon, chairman, at 601-498-4985.