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after a decade
The M.L.K. Collaborative is preparing for this month’s local celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which will have a theme of “Teamwork makes the Dreamwork.” Activities will include a parade through downtown, a speech by the grand marshal, and performances by local organizations.
Cairo native and current Tallahassee resident Jevar McGhee is this year’s grand marshal. He will preside over a parade of at least 82 units, according to Reneé Gee-Theophille, president of the collaborative.
The parade kicks off at 11 a.m. on Jan. 20 at Roddenbery Memorial Library, continues down Broad Street to Martin Luther King Junior Avenue and concludes at Holder Park.
At the park, McGhee will give a speech marking the occasion and local groups will entertain beginning at noon. “Jevar McGhee has collaborated with several organizations in Cairo and sponsored several community events for the community,” says Mrs. Gee-Theophille.
Some new performers scheduled to add to the occasion include Omega Psi Phi, Christ Kidz, Cairo High School Dance Team and the C.H.S. Choir, says the collaborative president.
“After the program, the community will be invited to enjoy a free lunch sponsored by some generous citizens of Cairo,” says Gee-Theophille.
The Collaborative is asking for donations to support its Scholarship Fund. Money may be given via cash apps to $MLKGRADY or mailed to P.O. Box 592 Cairo, GA 39828.
This will be the last year Reneé Gee-Theophille will participate in the event as president of the Collaborative. She has announced that she is stepping down as president after serving 10 years in the position. “I feel it’s time for someone else to take over and take the event to another level,” she states.