Greensboro, N.C. -- On Monday, January 20th, millions of people across the world will reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Here at home, we're also remembering Dr. Franklin McCain's efforts to end racial injustice.
Skip Alston, co-founder of the Civil Rights Center and Museum talked about the importance of these two civil rights icons and their impact on the world.
"They leave behind a legacy of helping people and speaking out for those who can't speak out for themselves and trying to right the wrongs of this entire society. They are true American heroes," said Alston.
"When those four men sat down on February 1, 1960, Martin Luther King, Jr. said ten days afterwards that was the start of the modern day Civil Rights Movement. So he paid tribute as well to Franklin McCain and the Greensboro Four," Alston added.
This is the 25th year the Greensboro Branch of the NAACP has sponsored the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade. The event which takes place on Monday, January 20th at 11 a.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Greensboro features four grand marshals, several floats, bands and community organizations.
They are Caroline Horton who will be an honorary grand marshal along with Bishop George W. Brooks former pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church.
Attorney R. Steve Bowden and Greensboro City Manager Denise Turner Roth will serve as grand marshals.
N.C. A&T will hold a memorial for McCain Thursday from 10 a.m. until noon at Harrison Auditorium.
The Gospel Fest will be held on Sunday, January 19th at 3 p.m. at Bethel AME Church. It features a variety of performers and recording artists. The church is located at 200 Regan Street in Greensboro. Admission is free with the donation of a can good or non perishable item.
The deadline to register your group to walk in the parade is Friday, January 17, 2014 at 5 p.m. Contact Gwen Alston at 336-272-5779 or pick up an application at 1610 East Market Street in Greensboro.
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