The International Ministerial Alliance of Waxahachie, in conjunction with the Waxahachie NAACP, will sponsor the Martin Luther King Day Parade at 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21.

As the nation stops to recognize one of the most distinguished gentleman in American history, the residents of Waxahachie will gather on the courthouse steps to pay him tribute.

After the singing of “The Star Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful,” everyone will make their way to Freedman Plaza where Councilman Chuck Beatty will offer words of reflection.

Proceeding from Freedman to Joshua Chapel AME Church, attendees will be presented a short program  featuring one of the most famous speeches ever given. Ricky Don Sargent will recite King’s “I Have A Dream” speech delivered during the March on Washington Aug. 28, 1963.

The celebration will close with everyone joining in the singing of  “We Shall Overcome.”

The parade route is as follows: Waxahachie Courthouse to Freedman Memorial Park, and ending at Joshua Chapel AME Church located at 110 N. Aiken.

For more information about the MLK Day Parade, contact Frank Ingraham at 301-728-7159.

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