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January 25, 2013

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events deemed a success

GREENVILLE — Local tributes conducted in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were a success, drawing hundreds of participants, according to organizers of the events in Greenville.

Dan Perkins with the Corporation for Cultural Diversity (CCD) of Greenville, Texas, announced Thursday that preliminary attendance reports revealed the January 19 5K “Run Against Racism” included 61 runners and/or walkers, 21 more than the group had anticipated.

Two days of events were held in Greenville this past weekend, organized by the CCD, the Greenville Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (GIMA) and the Greenville Branch of the NAACP.

The Annual MLK Parade drew 200 individual participants, with 104 people attending the Martin Luther King Celebration Program at Municipal Auditorium and another 220 people coming to Sunday’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. worship service sponsored by the GIMA. The events were funded in part by hotel/motel tax revenue through the Tourism Advisory Board.

“There were additional people who helped set up, give refreshments  — Crossroads church, PALS, Key Club, Parks and Rec workers, CCD members at the 5K as well — who are not included in the 5K count,” Perkins said. “The final report is due to the Tourism Board within 45 days after the event. It is possible to get an extension if necessary.”

The CCD is now looking into sponsoring a two and one-half day anti-racism workshop in Greenville later this year, in partnership with the Anti-Racism Team of North Texas.

The CCD is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Wesley United Methodist Church in Greenville.

Those wanting additional information can call 903-454-6688.

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