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Henry NAACP to hold MLK Jr. events
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LaSonji Rivers in front of  the Henry Performing Arts Center where the Henry County NAACP will hold their MLK, Jr. Event.
Staff / Katherine Frye
LaSonji Rivers in front of the Henry Performing Arts Center where the Henry County NAACP will hold their MLK, Jr. Event.
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Henry County’s branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will host a parade and program Jan. 21.

The day of events will kick off with the parade, which begins at 10 a.m.

Participants in the parade will assemble at the Henry County Performing Arts Center at 8:30 a.m.

LaSonji Rivers, one of the coordinators for the day’s events, said that the grand marshals are a special guest this year.

“Our grand marshal this year is Da Famous Boyzz,” said Rivers. “They will also perform at the end of our program.”

The parade route will begin at the Performing Arts Center, follow John Frank Ward Street to Griffin Street and then take a left onto Key Ferry Street, which will lead back to Lemon Street, back where it originated.

Immediately following the parade, the program will start, around 11:30, said Rivers.

This year’s speaker is newly re-elected District 2 councilwoman Sandra Vincent.

Dance performances from the Fairburn Elementary and Stockbridge High schools dance teams will also be featured portions of the program.

Rivers said the focus of this year’s parade and program is the youth in the community.

“This year we are emphasizing and promoting our youth programs,” she said. “One of those programs is the ACT-SO, which stands for Academic Cultural Technological and Scientific Olympics.”

ACT-SO encourages students from high school to compete against each other locally, statewide and nationally in 26 different categories.

Rivers said their scholarship fund will also be promoted at the day’s events.

“We were able to give out two scholarships last year for two students,” she said. “This year we’d like to do the same if not more.”

Although the focus is on the youth for the 2013 events, Rivers said the goal still remains to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Even though we have come a long way, we still, as a community, have a long way to go,” said Rivers. “What we need to do is reach back and help our youth to become successful leaders as well as give them the tools to do so.”

Programs like ACT-SO are important, said Rivers, because the enable the youth to become productive members of their community.

The Henry County Performing Arts Center is at 37 Lemon St. in McDonough.

Information: www.hc-naacp.org.
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