Drew County NAACP announces activities for MLK celebration

The Drew County NAACP Chapter No. 6042 announces plans for the commemoration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The annual Dr. MLK Jr. Parade/Breakfast will be held Jan. 19 at the Ethel Hawkins Christian Life Center at Holmes Chapel Presbyterian Church. Participants in the march will meet at 8 a.m. on the Monticello Square and begin at 8:30 a.m. The route will proceed from the Monticello Square to the Ethel Hawkins Center for program activities and breakfast.

The guest speaker for the breakfast will be Charlie Vincent, leader of the Kennedy Boulevard Church of Christ of Monticello. NAACP president, Tommy Daniels, is asking all community, civic, and church leaders to participate and bring the youth out for the march. Participants may carry signs and other marching paraphernalia.

The celebration will conclude with the 27th annual Drew County Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration service to be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Revival Center Church of God in Christ, located at 311 S. Pine Street, in Monticello. The theme is “The Journey … Moving Forward.”

Attorney Rickey Hicks of Little Rock will be the guest speaker. Hicks graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a juris doctorate degree. The owner of The Hicks Law Firm of Little Rock, he specializes in civil rights, contract negotiation, and venture capital funding. He serves as a political adviser, campaign strategist, policy adviser, and public relations adviser to key public figures including former president Bill Clinton, former governor Jim Guy Tucker, Martin Luther King III, President Bashir of Sudan, and others.

As a businessman, community leader and the pastor of Rufus K. Young Christian Church in Little Rock, Hicks has served on numerous boards and is the recipient of humanitarian awards for his service to the nation and the state of Arkansas.

Rendering the music for the celebration will be Josh Frost of Monticello and the MLK Jr. Youth Community Choir, directed by Clarissa Pace. Dramatizations will be performed by Jada Cooks of Crossett and the MLK Youth Drama team directed by Tira Jones. Jackie Underhill of Monticello will serve as the guest mistress of ceremony.

Rev. D. Buffington, chairman of the committee, welcomes everyone from the community to participate. The Drew County MLK Jr. Committee members include Buffington, chairman, Pace, co-chairman, Bettye Gragg, Rosemary Brown-Britton, Tira Jones, Linda Bassett-Johnson, and Joe Williams.