On Monday at 11 a.m., Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech could be heard playing from the speakers of patrol cars as they drove in a Broad Street parade on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Each year in Cairo, a small group of citizens called the MLK Collaboration Group of Grady County sponsor an MLK event. It has been doing so for 15 years.
The 2014 theme was, “One Community, One Purpose, and One Dream ... Unity!”
Rev. Renee Gee-Theophille, the MLK Collaboration Group of Grady County’s president, said “We’ve been very consistent with our theme for the past three years. We wanted to have something that would unite the community.”
This is her fifth year being involved with the parade in honor of the civil rights hero.
According to Gee-Theophille, this was one of the best parades the group haas had.
She said, “We received great participation from the community. Schools, representatives such as Darlene Taylor, our new mayor, the chamber, county commissioners, the (city) council and our media have all been so supportive of the event.”
The group received donations from local businesses, churches, and citizens, and membership pledges also helped fund a scholarship it gives to one senior each year at Cairo High School Honors Day in April.
To help raise money for the scholarship, the group sells MLK T-shirts. It is currently accepting donations to help with the scholarship. In addition, other events are planned throughout the year to help with the foundation.