MLK Jr. celebration a time of community

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Hundreds of Mexia residents participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade Saturday morning, with heavy representation by St. Luke United Methodist Church, which sponsored the event, and Mexia ISD board members and administrators. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Mexia residents from all walks of life came together Saturday to celebrate and remember Martin Luther King Jr. and the principles he promoted: equality, dignity, justice and respect for all people, regardless of race, color or creed.

Though the day’s temperatures began in the 30s, the sun quickly warmed those attending the parade, which began at 11 a.m. By then, those who planned to march in the parade were swarming the area in front of the Mexia Civic Center and Mexia Police had begun blocking the intersections of the parade route. Just before the parade started, two bright yellow school buses arrived from Houston filled with the feature performers of the day, Lone Star Choppaz. The student percussion group is affiliated with Victory Preparatory Academy and was formed by and is led by Joe Burleson.

A Mexia Police car led the parade, followed by the Mexia High School Blackcat Band. Mexia Independent School District was represented by Superintendent Dr. Sharon Ross, school board president Kim Wil­liams, board member Rachel Hernandez, several teachers and many students.

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