From press reports
The Winston County Branch of the NAACP will host a parade and program in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Saturday, January 18, 2014.
This year’s program will take place at Still Valley M.B. Church at 142 Armstrong Street. The program will feature Jackson State Professor, C. Leigh McInnis. McInnis is an instructor of English at Jackson State University, the publisher and editor of Black Magnolias Literary Journal, the author of seven books, including four collections of poetry, one collection of short fiction (Scripts: Sketches and Tales of Urban Mississippi), and one work of literary criticism (The Lyrics of Prince: A Literary Look at a Creative, Musical Poet, Philosopher, and Storyteller), and the 2012 First Runner-Up of the Amiri Baraka/Sonia Sanchez Poetry Award sponsored by North Carolina State A&T. He has presented papers at national conferences, such as College Language Association and the Neo-Griot Conference, and his work has appeared in Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Sable, New Delta Review, The Black World Today, In Motion Magazine, MultiCultural Review, A Deeper Shade, New Laurel Review, ChickenBones, Brick Street Press Anthology, Oxford American, Journal of Ethnic American Literature, and Red Ochre Lit. In January of 2009, McInnis, along with eight other poets, were invited by the NAACP to read poetry in Washington, DC, for their Inaugural Poetry Reading celebrating the election of President Barack Obama.
The parade is set to begin at 10 A. M. and ending at noon. The parade route is to begin at Still Valley Church parking lot on Armstrong Street, proceed west to South Church Street, then from South Church Street turn right on Main Street, turn right onto South Columbus Avenue at the monument, proceed to Armstrong Street
and turn left, then ending at Still Valley Church.
Persons may place entries in the parade by contacting Renee Hampton at 662-779-0462 (evening) 662-435-4512 (daytime) or Charles Hampton at 662-803-0635. There is a $5 entry fee. Line up begins at 9 a.m and parade begins at 10 a.m.
The annual event honors Dr. King’s legacy with January 20 set aside as the day to honor Dr. King as a national day of service.