From staff and press reports
On Saturday, January 19 the National Day of Service as proclaimed by President Barrack H. Obama in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday was celebrated.
This is a historic weekend with Martin Luther Kind day celebrated along with the inauguration weekend of the First African American President’s second term.
The Winston County Branch NAACP sponsored the Annual Celebration of Dr. King’s Birthday with a parade followed by a program at Union Chapel Church.
Dr. K. C. Morrison served as the featured speaker of the event and described how each generation stands on the broad shoulders of all those that came before them. Morrison noted that Barrack Obama stood on the shoulders of George Washington who was never tempted by the power of the presidency or the idea of becoming a tyrant. He noted that each of person stands on the shoulders of Martin Luther King who showed all what the model for justice and equality should be.
Morrison encouraged each person to focus and produce good things so that the next generation may stand on their shoulders.
The event also featured the Sunshine Boys who sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing”.
The parade featured the Louisville High School band and dozens of residents and civic groups.
Legislation was signed in 1983 creating a federal holiday marking the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1994, Congress designated the holiday as a national day of service.