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Mt. Moriah, NAACP Plan MLK Celebration

The Mt. Moriah District Missionary Baptist Association along with the Yalobusha County Branch of the NAACP, and area churches are spearheading an area-wide weekend of service and celebration, marking the upcoming Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday. The weekend will commence with a parade and peace march through downtown Coffeeville on Saturday, January 13 starting at 1 p.m. The activities conclude with the annual program on Monday, January 15 at 10 a.m. at the Mt. Moriah district headquarters, located at 3657 CR 211.

Dr. Ethel Scurlock, University of Mississippi Dean of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, Associate Professor of English and African American Studies, Senior Fellow of the Luckyday Residential College and Pastor of Alvis Grove M.B. Church will serve as keynote speaker for Monday’s commemoration.

Churches, businesses, organizations are asked to enter a float, vehicle or walking entry in the parade with any theme concerning this year’s theme for the event, “Stick with Love, Social Justice, Civil Rights or Unity.”  Pastors, church leaders, community leaders, elected officials, and all who are both willing and able are encouraged to participate in the Peace March.  Additionally, everyone is asked to perform at least one service project to benefit the community, a group, or an individual. T-shirts are available for purchase and can be ordered by contacting Earlene Townes, Clydie Nicholson, Tracie Lee, Ramona Tillman or Rachel Pittman.

The Mt. Moriah Association consists of 24 churches located in Yalobusha, Calhoun and Grenada counties, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, age or disability. Pastor Calvin E. Hawkins serves as moderator of Mt. Moriah. Pastor Kevin D. Lee is Moderator-at-Large, Dr. Thomas Tillman is 1st Vice Moderator, Pastor Shed King is 2nd Vice Moderator and Ruthie Forrest is Executive Secretary of the district. James R. Swearengen, is the county’s NAACP President.

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