Essay contest announced for MLK Jr. parade
From STAFF REPORTS
Newnan Chapter 483 Order of the Eastern Star, Prince Hall, is preparing for its 26th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration and parade in Newnan this coming January, and is including an essay contest as part of the events.
The theme this year is “Standing Firm, Holding Fast, Projecting the Keys of Service.”
The parade will begin at noon. Float participants are asked to enter Armory Road via Sewell Road beside Drake Stadium no later than 9:30 a.m. for judging. The judging for the floats will begin at 10 a.m.
All other participants are asked to be in the lineup no later than 11:30 a.m.
The parade route will be north along LaGrange Street, through downtown Newnan, and up Jackson Street, turning on Wesley Street and ending at Lynch Park.
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Service will be held on Friday, Jan. 11 at Zion Hill Baptist Church, 87 Pinson St. in Newnan at 7 p.m.
Since this is the 50th anniversary for the “I Have a Dream” speech, the Newnan Chapter 483 OES is asking children in grade levels elementary third through fifth, middle school sixth through eighth, and high school ninth through 12th, in 300 words or less, to share what this speech means to them. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 10.
“The most outstanding in each group will present their essay at our memorial program, with honors,” said Margaret Blandenburg.
Those needing more information may contact Sister Margaret Thompson, chairperson, 770-253-1559, or Sister Cynthia Ross, co-chairperson, at 678-423-0469.