Festivities celebrating the birthday and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King will continue following the Unity Parade with the 22nd Annual King Day Celebration in Waxahachie.

The events will all take place on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which falls annually on the third Monday in January and commemorates King's Jan. 15 birthday.

A short dedication will occur at Freeman Memorial Plaza, and the service will continue at Joshua Chapel A.M.E, located at 110 N. Aiken St. An entire program is planned to feature former Waxahachie High football coach Ricky Don Sargent who will perform (weather permitted) a rendition of King’s iconic speech, “I Have a Dream.” Sargent is the current head football coach at Hearne High School.

The program also includes a welcome message, introduction, and a master ceremony where singing will take place. Waxahachie Police Chief Wade Goolsby will also discuss “walking through life with unity.” Percent 3 Constable Curtis Polk Jr. will provide about a 10-minute message reflection on the past of King. He will then discuss how America pushed forward in unity and where that nation stands today.

“We want to say thank you in advance to the City of Waxahachie for the efforts to make this a prayerfully successful event,” acknowledged Betty Square Coleman, the president of the NAACP 6240 branch. “We want to thank the leadership role to Dr. Jamal Rasheed for helping make this — last year’s parade was an awesome success.”

Coleman went on to thank the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance and the City of Waxahachie, who have sponsored this event with the NAACP 6240 branch (Waxahachie).

“To Joshua Chapel, and the great minister they have there, thank you,” Coleman recognized. “To HEB, we want to say thank you for always being there.”

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