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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A day of festivities and celebration has been planned for the 16th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade and Church Service in Live Oak.

However, this year you won’t see a traditional parade with floats. Instead, the Martin Luther King Planning Committee has planned a marching parade instead, according to Committee Chairman Elder Henry Smart.

Staging for the parade will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 16 with the parade set to begin at 10 a.m.

“This year we want churches, civic groups, families and individuals to join us in a march instead of the traditional parade,” Smart, along with Parade Committee Chairman Jessie Philpot, wrote in a press release. “As a community, we want to march on until victory is won. The march will be led by our local clergy men and women. Bring your signs, banners and walking shoes and join us as we unite in peace and harmony to march like our leaders did before us.”

The marching parade will begin at Paul Langford Stadium at 302 Parshley St. SW and travel south on Houston Avenue, turn east on 11th Street and then north on Ohio Avenue. From Ohio Avenue, the parade will travel north to Howard Street and then turn west. The parade is scheduled to proceed to Walker Avenue and then travel south, ending at African Baptist Church at 502 Walker Ave.

“Immediately following the parade, there will be a church service at African Baptist Church with keynote speaker Reverend Billy J.T. Simon,” Smart said.

A dinner is planned at the Suwannee County Coliseum in exhibition room number two, immediately following the church service, according to Smart.

Anyone wishing to enter the march may still do so, Smart explained. Interested parties should contact Philpot at 386-362-4540 for more information.

Philpot and Smart thank everyone for making the previous Dr. King Day festivities successful.  “We know that without the support of this community, we would be unable to host such events,” the two stated in a press release.

This year, a monetary donation of $100, or whatever can be given, is requested of the church and civic community to help offset the cost of food for the luncheon and other expenses that arise

when hosting such an event.

“Please know that any donation will be graciously accepted and appreciated. Your support and cooperation will be a blessing to the entire community as we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin

Luther King Jr.,” the two stated. “Contributions can be mailed to 517 Houston Ave. SW, Live Oak, Fla. 32064 at your earliest convenience or you may contact any member of the planning committee.”

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