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January 24, 2015

“Reading is a powerful tool that is needed every day of your life. It is like being able to breathe.”

More marchers, spectators put King in parade What a difference a year makes. Last year at the DeKalb NAACP Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade, it was like searching for a needle in a haystack to find any reference to the civil rights icon’s dream for our country or his legacy. This year, there was a good sprinkling. Still not what it ought to be, but progress is being made. Bravo to those who made the effort this year. Among those leading the charge of celebrating King were DeKalb Clerk of Superior Court Debra DeBerry and her large contingent of employees who volunteered to march with her. I think I counted more than 30 people. They had a large banner with King’s photo and carried posters quoting King. DeKalb Sheriff Jeff Mann and his staff also celebrated with a King banner. Georgia Piedmont Technical College also did King’s message proud. Throughout the march, other groups, including Chapel Hill Elementary School and Shy Temple CME Church, marched with banners and handmade signs, some with famous quotes from King and some just celebrated the dreamer and fighter for social justice for our country. And this year for the first time, I saw spectators who made their own King signs and waved them as the marchers went by. It is important to put King in the King Day Parade so we will not to forget the real reason for the celebrations. In recent years, the NAACP Parade, which marked its 13th year, had turned into a march of people, groups and businesses who seemed only interested in promoting themselves with nary a reference to King and his ideals. Last February in a column in this space, I bemoaned this fact and argued that the King Parade should be about King, too. Yes, we can promote ourselves, but the very fact that we hold the jobs and positions we do today and can attend the schools that we have is largely due to King and foot soldiers of the civil rights movement. Many of them were beaten bloody by the law enforcement officers of the day because they wanted

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Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s banner quotes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and bears a photo of him.

A spectator waves a flag celebrating King Day at the DeKalb NAACP’s annual parade on Jan. 19.

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DeKalb Clerk of Superior Court Debra DeBerry (top), Chapel Hill Elementary students (center) and Shy Temple CME marchers kept focus on King.

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As I See It Jennifer Parker

“We have made great strides this year. Maybe next year we will have even more schools and civic, community, fraternal and faith-based organizations putting their creativity into interpreting King’s dream and legacy.” the right to vote. Some of their persecution is graphically portrayed in the movie “Selma.” It should be required viewing for all for us. For several years as I covered the NAACP Parade, I was in desperate search for someone – anyone – carrying a sign or banner about King.

Often I couldn’t find one, outside of the NAACP banner at the front of the march. During presidential election years, when most of our local elections are held, the march had become a parade of political candidates trolling for votes. They and their campaign literature dominated the parade and very few had any reference to the man, the visionary whom we acknowledge on the King holiday. Often state Rep. Ernest “Coach” Williams with his “Happy Birthday Dr. King” sign on his pickup was the lone parader with any reference to King. This year, he was the lone DeKalb state representative who bothered to march – maybe because it’s not an election year. I was at the march from start to finish and I also did not see any DeKalb commissioners or interim CEO Lee May. But there was a great turnout of South DeKalb Board of Education

members – Vickie Turner and Drs. Melvin Johnson, Michael Erwin and Joyce Morley. Superintendent Michael Thurmond was speaking at a King Day celebration at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Columbus and was absent. So we have made great strides this year. Maybe next year we will have even more schools and civic, community, fraternal and faithbased organizations putting their creativity into interpreting King’s dream and legacy. It will be a presidential election year, so we already know that the politicians will be out in full force for the 2016 King march. We can hardly wait to see how they will interpret King’s legacy even as they campaign for the votes that he helped make possible. But more importantly, I am looking forward to the day that if I stumbled upon the NAACP King Parade at any point along the way, I would not have to ask someone, “Hey, what are they marching for?” Jennifer Parker is editor and publisher of CrossRoadsNews.

Reading and writing – one way to ensure King’s ‘Dream’ By Miriam Knox Robinson

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s annual birthday celebration is a constant reminder for generations to come that we must do our part to “Keep the Dream Alive.” We must train our children and generations to come that no longer can we ignore our responsibility to ensure that they are aware of the accomplishments that have brought us thus far today.

These accomplishments did not happen overnight. It took years and years. Reading and writing is one way to ensure the dream which King died for. Reading and writing is free in public schools, and we take it for granted. Many students drop out in high school and do not value the necessities of life. Reading is a powerful tool that is needed every day of your life. It is like being able to breathe air … or having a

drink of water. We must value reading. One is the Bible, which is prohibited in school but every home should have one. While we prohibit the word God in our schools, guns have a way of getting in, causing harm. The Word of God is not harmful. I say bring God back. Miriam Knox Robinson lives in DeMiriam Robinson catur.

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