Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church Pastor William E. Flippin, Sr. and DeKalb County Public Schools Superintendent Michael Thurmond served as grand marshals of the DeKalb County NAACP’s MLK parade on Jan. 20. The parade kicked off in the parking lot of Green Pastures Christian Ministries Inc. on 5455 Flat Shoals Parkway and ended with a rally at MLK Jr. High School, 3991 Snapfinger Road.
Pastor Richard Allen Washington, Sr. and New Bethel A.M.E. Church in Lithonia celebrated its 13th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major Award Celebration.
The theme for this year’s celebration was “Continuing the Dream: The Fight for Justice.” The keynote speaker was State Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan, District 39. DeKalb Schools Superintendent Michael Thurmond were among several people honored at the program.
The Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce and the Rockdale branch of the NAACP co-hosted a benefit breakfast on the King Holiday. The buffet breakfast, held at Longhorn Steakhouse in Conyers, drew a packed house. The keynote speaker for the event was Douglas R. Hooker, executive director of the Atlanta Regional Commission. Proceeds benefit the United Way.