Parade and program held honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Published 2:33 pm Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Jefferson Davis County Branch of the NAACP hosted a  Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade and program on Jan. 15.

There was one float, three church buses, 15 trucks and cars, 12 ATVs and eight horses.

The Jefferson Davis County Sheriff’s Department, along with the Prentiss Police Department led and escorted the parade.

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The colors were presented by the Jefferson Davis County JROTC.

The three judges for the parade were Shirley Dampeer, Patricia Gray and Von Norwood.

The parade committee was Mrs. Carolyn Hathorn, Mrs. Ella Johnson, Mr. Howard White, the program Committee, Mrs. Cammie Reese, Shaki Hall, Patricia Reese, Laloi Tiliman, Khadeeja Milloy, Tatyana Magee, Briuna Keys, Halee Rhodes, William McNair, Tito Leggett,

The first place winner was Unity in the Community; second place winner was Kristi Lewis and third place winner was Lucas Holiness Church.

The program was held immediately following the parade at the former J.E. Johnson Elementary School building on J.E. Johnson Avenue. The program was originally scheduled to take place at the current J.E. Johnson Elementary School on Third Street, but it was moved due to lack of heat.

Guest speaker for the program was Dr. Picasso Nelson.

Nelson is a former American football linebacker who played college football at Jackson State University and attended Hattiesburg High School in Hattiesburg. He was also a member of the Houston Oilers, New York Giants and Toronto Argonauts.

Nelson received a Ph.D. from USM and has worked in the JSU sports science program as well as being a minister.

“I became a pastor in 2013. God has been blessing me and I want to bless others.” said Nelson.

NAACP President Lucy McInnis also spoke at the program.