2018-01-12 / Local News

MLK celebration Saturday

By TIM GULLA
Ledger Staff Writer

The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will once again be celebrated this weekend in Gaffney as community leaders and area residents gather together once more to “Let Freedom Ring.”

Members of the Cherokee Coalition met Wednesday to make final preparations for this weekend’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration, which will kick off at 8:30 a.m. Saturday with a community prayer breakfast at The Pastor Dr. J.W.. Sanders, Sr. Education/Conference Center at Bethel Baptist Church. Tickets for the breakfast, which are $12, are available from coalition members in advance and also at the door the morning of the event.

The theme for this year’s event is “Let Freedom Ring: It Takes a Team” and the keynote speaker for this year’s breakfast knows something about teams. The speaker will be S.C. College Football Hall of Fame member Coach Willie Jeffries, who got his head coaching start at Granard High School in Gaffney and went on to become head coach at South Carolina State University, Wichita State University and Howard University.

Also during the breakfast, community leaders will honor the memory of longtime Cherokee County Councilman Rufus Foster, who died last June following a life of service to his community.

Following the breakfast, the annual Martin Luther King Jr. parade will be held in downtown Gaffney beginning at noon.

The parade will begin at Thomson Park and travel north on North Limestone Street to Railroad Avenue. Parade entries are still welcome. Those interested in joining the parade can contact Charles Montgomery at (864) 490- 5557; or at (864) 489-9430.

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