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Guest column: MLK celebration a success
Guest columnist

Last Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, diverse people came out to show their love and say that Martin Luther King’s dream moved them to want to continue his dream.

The first Richmond Hill Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and Celebration was a success if judged by the smiles on everyone’s faces, the more than 65 organizations that joined in the parade, and the crowd that attended the celebration at J.F. Gregory Park following the parade.

Although this event was small compared to others, it has the potential to forever change the image of Richmond Hill and make it a place for all people to choose to make their home.

This historic event could not have been possible without Mayor Russ Carpenter and the Richmond Hill City Council. The proclamation that they approved last year was the first step in enabling the parade.

The city played a large role in lending support and resources to the event, including the municipal operations department, the team from J.F. Gregory park, the Richmond Hill Fire Department, and the Richmond Hill Police Department, with special thanks to Capt. Ray Fowler for his guidance.

Thanks also go to Pembroke Mayor Pro Tem Johnnie Miller, Sheila Fields of Pembroke, the people who gave of their time to volunteer to help at our events, and the supporters, sponsors, and donors. Without the contributions of many, we would not have been able to add another page to history and celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

It took a lot of people to make this event a success, and we look forward to making this a tradition.

The next parade will be on Jan. 18, 2020. Save the date!

If you would like to join this movement, please email us or call 912-388-9196.

 With much gratitude,

 The MLK Parade Committee in collaboration with Unity in the Community, Inc

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