Participants in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade walk along Center Street on Jan. 21, 2012. This year’s parade is set for Monday. Photo by David Grace.
KINGSPORT — The 14th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade will be held Monday from noon to 1 p.m. in Kingsport, to be immediately followed by a luncheon and a candlelight service in the evening.
All events are free and open to the public.
The parade theme is “REMEMBER! CELEBRATE! ACT! Dr. King’s Dream For Our World.”
Parade participates will assemble at 11:15 a.m. at the intersection of East Sevier and Center streets (at the Rikki Rhoton Allstate Insurance Co.’s Parking Lot).
The parade route will follow Center Street and end on Shelby Street at the Kingsport City Hall.
Parade sponsors include Eastman Chemical Co., Food City, city of Kingsport, Office Depot, Joshua Generation (JGII), My Brother’s Keeper, Putting Babies First, Tennessee & Virginia Fellowship Against Racism, H.O.P.E., and Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency.
Following the parade, New Vision Youth, in partnership with South Central Kingsport Development, Kingsport Parks and Recreation, Riverview Resident Association and Alpha Kappa Alpha, will hold a Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon. It will begin at 1:15 p.m. at the Riverview Community Room on Wheatley Street next to the tennis courts.
The menu will feature spaghetti, bread, desserts and drinks.
New Vision Youth soloist Javonte Lyons will perform at the luncheon, and Ms. Outstanding Kingsport Courtney Hobbs.
The annual MLK Community Unity Candlelight Vigil will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church parking lot, 712, E. Sevier Ave.
The public is invited to attend and asked to bring a candle. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held in the church.
The candlelight vigil’s theme is “Enlightening Kingsport, 2014.”
Participants will include Kingsport Chamber of Commerce CEO Miles Burdine, Kingsport Board of Education member Betsy Cooper, Kingsport Ministerial Alliance President Linda Calvert, Downtown Kingsport Association Executive Director Sherri Mosely, U.S. Army Capt. Domingo Hale, Maria Catron of the Kingsport Housing Authority, a representative of the Kingsport Board of Mayor Aldermen and the Rev. Geraldine Swagerty of the Kitchen of Hope.
For more information, contact Johnnie Mae Swagerty at (423) 429-7553 or Jaquetta Hale at (423) 579-4651.