Still time to participate in events celebrating King

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Organizers for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration say there is still time to participate in the festivities. Any group or individuals who would like to participate in the parade or have a booth at the event following the parade can register just before the Saturday event.
The parade will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the corner of Kerr and North Main streets and will end at Livingstone College.
During the parade organizers have added a “Show Time at the Square” for those who plan to perform. Each participant will be given 3 to 5 minutes on the square with Shanita Russell (DJ Neek), who will play tunes.
All parade participants must check in at 9 a.m. at Soldier’s Memorial Enrichment Center, at the corner of Liberty and North Church streets.
Following the parade, activities celebrating King will be held from 12:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Miller Recreation Center located at 1420 West Bank St. During the activities at the Miller Center, those in attendance will hear from 9-year-old Jaharrie Jackson, who was one of a number of local students who wrote an essay about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. Jaharrie, a fourth-grader at Hurley Elementary School, was chosen to read from his essay.
All food vendors must have a permit from the health department before they are allowed to set up at the event.
The weekend of activities begins Friday at 1 p.m. at the W.G. “Bill” Hefner V.A. Medical Center in the Social Room, Building No. 6, located at 1601 Brenner Ave.
Any group or individual who would like to participate in the parade and hasn’t submitted a registration form, is asked to contact Sherry Hawthorne at 704-499-1197 or Tony Fleming at 704-798-3428 or bring a completed registration form by 9 on the morning of the parade to Alice Suber.
Any group or individual who would like to reserve a table or is a food vendor is asked to contact Alisha Byrd or Greg Philpot via the city of Salisbury at 704-638-5217. For more information and a complete list of activities, visit