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34th Annual MLK Parade this Sunday

The 34th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The parade will be held on Sunday, January 19, 2020, in Walterboro, SC. The start time is 2:30 PM. Lineup begins at 1:30 PM on South Jefferies Blvd. across the street from Live Oak Cemetery. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The parade is sponsored by The Walterboro Shrine Club of Arabian Temple #139 of Charleston, SC. Noble James “Ronnie” Grant is the Illustrious Potentate.
For the last 34 years, the Walterboro Shrine Club of Arabian Temple #139 has consistently sponsored the town’s parade, honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As a nation, we honor this slain civil rights leader whose mission was to fight for all people who had been oppressed by unjust laws and immoral abuses. King vowed, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Serving this year as parade marshal is a longtime educator, now retired, and community activist, Dr. Queenie L. Crawford. When the Shriners select someone as their Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., parade marshal each year, their focus is to highlight someone who has made significant contributions in service and support to the Colleton County community and surrounding areas and promotes Dr. King’s legacy. Dr. Crawford has given her service beyond measure. She said, “I am most grateful and humbled to have been chosen for this honor, knowing I was selected from among many other candidates. It lets me know that the Shriners saw something I have done as an educator and a community activist to be deserving of such an honor.”
A native Colletonian, Dr. Crawford, a dedicated “Wolverine,” is a 1966 graduate of Colleton High School. In 1970 she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. She did further study at South Carolina State University, also in Orangeburg, having received a Masters of Education in Learning Disabilities (1979), and both an Education Specialist (1998) and a Doctorate of Education (2002) in Educational Administration/Counseling degrees.
In 2013 Dr. Crawford founded the Institute of HOPE for Excellency, Inc., and she currently remains the president. This organization is a nonprofit that is committed to Helping Others Pursue Excellence (HOPE). The two-fold objective of the program is to focus on career development and character building for our youth and adults. From 2001-Present, she has been the CEO of GENES FOR GLORY, Consulting Agency. The agency provides services to schools in areas such as teacher evaluations, parent involvement programs, motivating the high-risk child, and motivational speaking. She has traveled the state conducting workshops and giving professional presentations in several areas and levels. Since 1995 to the present, she has been a motivational speaker, not only for her church and other organizations, but also for several in South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Virginia.
Dr. Crawford desires to continue to engage in and create community, civic, and service programs to honor Dr. King’s life and lasting legacy. To this, she attributes, “I appreciate the legacy of Dr. King in his role of opposing racial decimation policies and leading the Civil Rights Movement. As a seventh-grader, I vividly recall the experience of accompanying my mother as she stood in line waiting to register to vote. She diligently studied to learn the preamble of the United States Constitution, fearing that she would not pronounce all the words correctly. I shall always remember that beaming smile as she exited the General Store with her voter registration credentials! Thoughts of growing up in the household of a single parent serve as my impetus to work with our youth and other members of our communities, especially in the area of volunteerism.”
Serving tirelessly as Chairperson of the Scholarship Committee and the Electrical Improvement Project for Colleton Training School/Colleton High School Alumni Association, Inc., working with the Teachers’ Closet, sponsored by the Colleton High School Class of 1966, and avidly volunteering in the schools are a testament to Dr. Crawford’s desire to promote and continue the legacy of Dr. King. Although we celebrate him every third Monday in January, his actual birthday is January 15th. When Dr. Crawford’s mother passed away, it was on Dr. King’s birthday. She said, “I am most grateful and humbled to have been chosen for this honor, knowing I was selected from among many other candidates. It lets me know that the Shriners saw something I have done as an educator and a community activist to be deserving of such an honor.”
As we celebrate the mission of this great leader’s mission and legacy, let us remember a poignant statement he made about progress toward justice: “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”
Churches, organizations, schools, and community groups are encouraged to participate. If interested, please contact Noble H. G. Bright, Parade Chairman, at 843 217 5000 (call or text). Additional contact numbers are 843 599 1923 (W.White) and 843 908 4882 (H. Pinckney).

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