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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Day Events in Kingsport - Monday, January 17th

12 Noon:   ANNUAL DR. KING MARCH.   

The 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade will be held on Monday, January 17th from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Parade participates will need to assemble at 11:15 a.m. at the intersection of E. Sevier & Center Street (Rikki Rhoton Allstate Insurance Co.'s Parking Lot). The parade route will follow Center Street and end on Shelby Street (City Parking Lot between Kingsport City Hall & The Justice Center).

The theme is "REMEMBER! CELEBRATE! ACT! - A Day On, Not A Day Off.” If you would like to enter a car, float, church/business van, bus, truck, other exhibits or take a 20 minute walk during lunch in the parade, please contact Elder-Elect Gwen Collins (TVFAR) at (423) 753-2345 or General Overseer Ronnie Collins (JGII) at (423) 956-0675 or email or

Parade sponsors include Eastman Chemical Company, Food City, Office Depot, Joshua Generation (JGII), My Brother's Keeper, Putting Babies First, & Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency.

Please take time to help bring about positive change in the community in which we live and help us Change a Generation!

2 PM:  KING COMMUNITY DINNER, sponsored by New Vision Youth and Friends of Distinction.   Dinner will be held in the Riverview Community Room, Carver Street.  The Dinner is free of charge.   MENU:  Ham, turkey & gravy, dressing, fried chicken, macroni & cheese, greens, green beans, corn, sweet potatos, cornbread, rolls, desserts and drinks.

4 PM:  MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR REV. DR. KING:  Sponsored by the Greater Kingsport Ministerial Alliance.  The event will be held at the Central Baptist Church on Douglass Street.  The Guest Speaker is former Kingsport Mayor Jeanette Blazier.

6 PM:  7TH ANNUAL KING CANDLELIGHT VIGIL.  Sponsored by New Vision Youth, and Kingsport Parks & Recreation Community Services Division.  Event will be held in the parking lot of the V.O. Dobbins Sr. Complex, Wheatley Street.  Candles will be lit on behalf of the HOPE VI homes and residents, the V.O. Dobbins Sr. Complex, Kingsport Housing and Revelopment Authority, the Riverview Community, In Memory of Seniors, Steve Shipley, and others.   All Kingsport area residents are invited to attend.