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Covington Celebrates the Life of MLK with Annual Parade & Ceremony

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. 2015 Celebration Committee invites the City of Covington to join in this year’s celebration of the life of the most influential leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement. The 2015 Celebration Theme: “A Knock at Midnight” is taken from a series of sermons delivered by Dr. King. The sermon that is highlighted for this occasion relates to the darkness that enshrouded the Montgomery Bus Boycott. He explained the hopelessness of the movement in this way, “The night was darker than a thousand midnights. The light of hope was about to fade and the lamp of faith to flicker.” When the United States Supreme Court ruled bus segregation unconstitutional, Dr. King concluded that “the darkest hour of the struggle had become the first hour of victory.”

The MLK Birthday Celebration will begin on Monday, January 19, 2015 with the customary parade beginning at Reverend Peter S. Atkins Park commencing at 10:00 a.m., marching throughout the West 30’s neighborhood, ending at Fuhrmann Auditorium, Greater Covington Center, 317 N. Jefferson Avenue. This year’s Commemorative Service will begin at 11:00 a.m., and feature the Greater Covington Community Gospel Mass Choir. The dynamic and inspiring orator, Minister Fred Taylor, Director of Covington Head Start Center, will be the keynote speaker. Immediately following the service, the celebration will continue at Reverend Peter S. Atkins Park, with an afternoon of food, games and fellowship. All are invited to join in celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr.