DeKalb NAACP sets 18th Annual MLK Parade, Barbara Cross named grand marshal

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The DeKalb NAACP’s 18th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. parade will be held on Jan. 20. The kick off ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Green Pastures Christian Ministries Church, 5455 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur at 11:30 a.m. The parade will start promptly at noon.

The annual parade is held on the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday and commemorates the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who would have been 91years old this year.

“We continue to honor Dr. King so that he is always remembered for his sacrifice for all people,”said DeKalb NAACP President Teresa Hardy.

The parade route begins at Green Pastures Christian Ministries heading east on Flat Shoals Parkway, then south on Snapfinger Road (Ga. Hwy. 155/Martin Luther King Junior Parkway) and ending at the Martin Luther King High School, 3991 Snapfinger Road, Stonecrest.

The 2020 parade grand marshal is Barbara Cross, survivor of the 1963 bombing of the16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama where four young girls were killed in the attack on the church.

The DeKalb County School District, the DeKalb County Public Safety Department, the DeKalb County Sanitation Division, the DeKalb Sheriff’s Department, Green Pastures Christian Ministries Church, John Miles auto dealerships, Boost Mobile, and other community organizations are partnering with the NAACP DeKalb in conducting this year’s parade.

Attendees will be able to register to vote and receive information about the upcoming 2020 census following the parade.

Groups and individuals wishing to participate in the 2020 parade must arrive by 10 a.m. on the day of the parade. Participants must be pre-registered. Registration forms are available by calling the NAACP office at 404-241-8006, emailing or by going online at 42729348632.

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