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Unity in the community: History is what we choose to remember, and forget
MLK Parade planning
Those attending a meeting to discuss Richmond Hill’s First Dr. Martin Luther King Parade, which will be held in 2019.. Photo provided.

The following was written by Craig and Sharon Butts.

History is really what we choose to remember and what we choose to forget. We make history everyday as human beings. There are people that, through tireless efforts, do the work for “we the people,” to celebrate moments. It is always and will always be the courage of ordinary people who make it possible for the people and moments we celebrate to be celebrated.

That’s the thing about history. It’s measured by big moments, not the sacrifices of those behind the curtain.

Now, about Richmond Hill. It has a wealth of African American history, and this year it will be celebrated as the city will hold its first Dr. Martin Luther King Parade. That’s great news — a big moment!

Recently during a planning meeting at City Hall for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, many unique and diverse residents of Richmond Hill enjoyed learning about the rich history of African Americans and their journey in Richmond Hill. It was great seeing Unity members and to see Dr. Martin Luther King words in action.

People like Mayor Russ Carpenter, Pastor Danial and his wife Elisha, and Lisa and John Ring helped us energize the atmosphere and made everyone excited with anticipation.

Remember to save the date: Jan. 19, 2019, will be the first Dr. Martin Luther King celebration in Richmond Hill. There is going to be a parade and you can be a part of it.

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