MLK Day Parade held in Maben

From Press Reports

Residents from Maben, Starkville, Eupora, Oxford and Tennessee participated in the MLK Day “Insights from the Path Parade” in Maben on Jan. 21.

All you could see were horses, trucks and people singing, walking and talking from the Maben Public Library to West Oktibbeha County High School. Alderman Harvey Jones was the grand marshal.

Upon arrival at the school, unity chain prayers were offered by Tommy Johnson, Mayor Larry Pruitt, James Graham and Gary Jones. Rose Graham introduced the emcee, John Jones, and greeted attendees. Alderman Jones delivered the prayer, followed by scripture. Monique Hughes and her children performed a selection followed by a litany by Zeta Phi Beta and Delta Sigma Theta sororities.

The floor was opened for remarks. Many in attendance came forth with remarks, including Jed Jones, volunteer leader of Community Youth at Work, and Deon Brown, senior president of the junior council.

Gary Jones gave the history of the high school before the name was changed from Maben High School to West Oktibbeha County High School. Lora Howard sang “Amazing Grace,” followed by Rose Graham’s poem “My Dream.” James “Pop” Woodard closed the program reciting the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I  Have a Dream” speech.

Joann Ford recognized the visitors and Ethel Miles closed the program singing “This Little Light of Mine.” Modern Woodmen of America and ABS Tax Services provided door prizes for children.
The next event at WOCHS will be a family workshop at 6 p.m. Feb. 18.