MLK Community Development Corporation plans for this year's parade, celebrations

The is a press release from the MLK Community Development Corporation.

The MLK Community Development Corporation is sponsoring the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in Jones County.
The Theme for this Year's Event is "Retooling for the 21st Century: Emphasizing Creative Altruism while Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. employed strategies of moral persuasion and non-violent protest to bring about social justice for African Americans during the modern civil rights movement.

The local committee is planning a series of event to involve the community and residents of all ages in recognizing the achievements of this great civil rights leader.

Children of all ages are currently working on art and essay entries for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Art and Essay Contest, which has a deadline of Jan. 2.

The Opening Ceremony will be conducted on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016 at 9 a.m. at Laurel High School in Laurel, MS. Students from throughout the area are being encouraged to take part in the program.

The group will conduct its Annual Parade in Downtown Laurel on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 followed by the Battle of the Bands, featuring several high school bands from the area. Laurel High School Champion Basketball Team and Staff will be the Grand Marshal.

The group will also conduct its Annual Banquet at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 where Hattiesburg Superintendent James Q. Bacchus will be the keynote speaker and State Representative Percy Watson will take part in the program. Tickets for the event are $30 each and should be purchased prior to the event.

The celebration will continue with the Annual Memorial Service on Sunday, Jan. 17 2016 at 6 p.m. To climax the series of activities, a breakfast will be at the Laurel Train Depot on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, Dr. King National Holiday. State Rep. Juan Barnett will be the keynote speaker.

Anyone needing more information concerning the list of events or to purchase tickets to the banquet can contact any member of the committee or call Rev. Jerry James Sr. at 601-323-7651.