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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • MLK Parade steps off Monday

  • Music of the bands of Helena-West Helena's Central High School, Coahoma College, and Rosa Fort and the KIPP drum line will be featured in The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Parade on Cherry and Walnut Streets in downtown Helena Monday at noon Monday.
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  • Music of the bands of Helena-West Helena's Central High School, Coahoma College, and Rosa Fort and the KIPP drum line will be featured in The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Parade on Cherry and Walnut Streets in downtown Helena Monday at noon Monday. Show horses, floats, and walking groups such as Freedom for Youth, Cub Scout Troop 113, last year's top award winning Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and many more will all be there to honor "The Dream" and America's visionary leader. Sanitation department workers will lead the parade in recognition of the role sanitation workers played in the Civil Rights Movement. Mayor Arnell Willis is honorary chair of the parade and will welcome people at the gathering at the courthouse steps following the parade. The line-up begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Helena Fire Station and the parade steps off at the Phillips County Courthouse promptly at noon. Following the parade, participants and parade watchers will gather at the courthouse steps for brief words of inspiration, prayer, and recognition of awards. Hot dogs will be available at the Helena Fire Station for parade participants. Pictured above is a walking group of Freedom for Youth, previous award winner under the leadership of Walter Darnell, a recognized Civil Rights leader here in southeast Arkansas. Freedom for Youth is a frequent award winner, always serving to educated youth and keep the memory alive with their posters and "I Am A Man" signs. The Rosa Fort band, a participant in every MLK Parade in Helena since 2000, is pictured on the left. Groups and individuals may still register by calling 870-816-6798. Photos Submitted

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