Floats, cars and carriages are invited to take part in the Black History Month Parade that starts at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Fourth Annual Black History Month Parade gets rolling at 10 a.m. Saturday

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Jan. 31, 2008 - The 4th Annual Black History Month Parade on Saturday will kick off Black History Month in Hopkins County.

Grand marshals will be Hillary Young, Rowena Johnson and Martin Braddy, parade organizer Carolyn Malone Thomas said.

Hillary Young is director of Sulphur Springs Independent School District's Head Start Program. She moved to Hopkins county 25 years ago with her husband, the Rev. Troy L. Young, pastor of St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church.

Rowena Johnson represents at least three generations of educators, a legacy being continued by her daughter. Johnson was an elementary teacher at three SSISD schools for 23 years before being named prinicipal at Lamar Elementary 15 years ago.

District Attorney Martin Braddy has contributed money from his office's drug forfeiture fund to Morning Chapel's Brothers Against Drugs program and East Caney's African American Leadership Conference.

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Cypress Baptist Association building, 400 Como St., then proceed down Fuller Street and turn onto Lamar Street, then windi down Calvert and Carter streets, before ending in Pacific Park.

The parade committee invites businesses, churches and other organizations to enter floats, cars and carriages in this year's event. Those participating are asked to be at the Cypress Building at 9 a.m. to get lined up.

Following the parade, Hopkins County stew will be provided in Pacific Park by Hopkins County Commissioner Don Patterson. The second annual dedication of five benches in Pacific Park in honor of local African Americans who have left a positive mark on the community will also be held. This year's honorees include the late Clifton and Equilla Peoples, Bishop B. Curry, retired Douglas teacher Jimmie Harrison, Supt. B.L. Turman of Mitchell Chapel COGIC, and evangelist Audra V. Malone.

For more information about the parade, call Charles Allen, coordinator, at 903-335-1855 or Carolyn Thomas at 903-348-6164.

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