A large crowd of marchers gathered at the E.P. Roberts Center for continental breakfast then marched to the Lamar County courthouse where district two Lamar County commissioner Robert Heiney gave the keynote address.
The celebrants then returned to the Roberts Center for ongoing ceremonies in the daylong celebration.
The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 19, at the E.P. Roberts Center. After the event, refreshments will be served and sponsored by the Dewaine T. Bell Difference Makers.
The event will again have the theme “Unity in the Community” with a focus on “Keeping the Dream Alive Through the Dream of Reviving our Youth.”
“The community is invited to join the celebration,” said organizer April Smith.
“People and groups may take part in the parade by marching, driving a car or riding on a float.” The celebration will begin at the EPRC. Participants will march to the Lamar County courthouse for a short program to honor Dr. King then march back to the center to continue the celebration.
Temperatures in Lamar dropped below freezing just after 7 p.m. Wednesday and are expected to stay icy through early Friday afternoon.
There is a chance temps will warm to 36 Thursday afternoon but only briefly. Long exposure to cold is the worst scenario for pipes so take precautions. Drip faucets. Put lamps or other heat sources in well houses.
Also make sure to protect people, plants and pets until things thaw somewhat Saturday.