YORK COUNTY — The York and Clover communities will host a parade, a breakfast and other special events this weekend honoring the birthday of the late Martin Luther King Jr.
These events are planned:
• The city of York, the York school district and the Western York County NAACP are collaborating to host the second annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast at 9 a.m. Friday.
The event, which will include a full breakfast, will be at York Comprehensive High School. The speaker will be Dub Massey, a member of the original Friendship Nine.
Tickets are $10, available from the city of York.
Some tickets are still available. For ticket information, call York City Hall at 684-2341.
• The Western York County NAACP will present its annual Martin Luther King Jr. parade at 1 p.m. Saturday in downtown York.
The parade will proceed down Congress Street, from the Whitesides Laundry parking lot to the old Jefferson High School football field. Parade lineup will begin at 11 a.m.
The parade, which began in the early 1980s, is believed to be one of the oldest Martin Luther King Jr. parades in the state, organizers say.
It will feature the York and Clover high school marching bands as well as invited bands from Orangeburg, Columbia and Benedict College.
The parade, which expects to feature at least 50 to 60 units, this year will honor the oldest living graduates of the original Jefferson High School in York and Roosevelt High School in Clover, said Maurice Sanders, president of the Western York County NAACP.
• The Roosevelt Community Watch will present its annual Martin Luther King birthday celebration at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21 at the auditorium of the Clover School District Resource Center, 320 Clinton Ave.
Clover schools Superintendent Dr. Marc Sosne will be the speaker. The spiritual speaker will be the Rev. Charles White, national director of field operations for the NAACP.
The observance also will feature guest choirs and praise dancers.