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Crawford leads as local community celebrates MLK, Jr.

Parade Marshal Dr. Queenie L. Crawford.

Colletonians gathered on Sunday to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Walterboro’s 34th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade.
The national MLK holiday was on Monday; however, the city’s parade and celebration of King’s life was held on Sunday, Jan. 19th. This year’s parade was led by Dr. Queenie L. Crawford, a retired Colleton County educator and current CEO of Genes for Glory, a non-profit in the greater Lowcountry.
Crawford was asked to serve as the parade’s Grand Marshal because of her “impact” on the community, according to Anna Stevens Bright.
Crawford is a Colleton County native who is the former director of the Colleton County Alternative School. She also served as a former interim principal of the Edisto Beach Elementary School and has been an administrator of the Faith Tabernacle Deliverance Temple in Orangeburg. She is also a former consultant for teacher evaluations for the Colleton County School District. In 2013, she founded the Institute of HOPE for Excellence. She is now the president of this organization, which focuses on career development and character building for area youth. She is also the current CEO of Genes for Glory, a consulting agency that helps schools improve their parent involvement programs and to motivate at-risk students better.
“I am most grateful and humbled to have been chosen for this honor,” said Crawford, about her being chosen to lead Sunday’s parade. “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.”
The MLK, Jr. Parade on Sunday was sponsored by the Walterboro Shrine Club of Arabian Temple No. 139 of Charleston, with the group’s Noble James “Ronnie” Grant serving as the Illustrious Potentate.
“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,” said Bright, in a written statement she issued on the significance of Sunday’s parade. Bright is the wife of Herman G. Bright, chairman of the MLK, Jr. Parade.
On Sunday, Crawford led churches, schools and community groups down Jefferies Boulevard in Walterboro, as they came together to celebrate King in the local parade.
In all, approximately 100 people participated in the parade as entries.
“It was joyous,” said Bright, speaking about the parade. “We were so happy about the number of people who supported the parade, and the engagement from the people in our community was impressive.”
MLK, Jr. Parade Winners
Winners from the parade were chosen by a panel of judges and are as follows:
Best Original Float: First Place went to Bethlehem Baptist Church of Cottageville and second place went to Springtown United Methodist Church;
Best Commercial Float: First Place went to the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and second place went to the Deep Creek Missionary Baptist Church;
Best Walking Unit: First Place went to the Colleton County All-Stars and second place went to the Unstoppable Sistas;
Best in “All Other Units” Category: First Place to the Corvette Club and second place went to the Colleton County High School Class of 1966.

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