To celebrate the life and legacy of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, the 2023 MLK National Holiday Observance parade in Statesboro will be on Monday, January 16 at 2:00 pm. This year’s theme is “Community, This Is Power”. The event is hosted by the Bulloch County Branch of the NAACP.
Langston Chapel Middle School teacher, Quincy J. Hills, was presented the honor of being the Grand Marshal of this year’s parade. Hills is a well-known and well-loved teacher and member of the community, and has earned several awards over the past few years.
- August 2019 – Bryan County Middle School Teacher of the Year – Bryan County Middle School
- December 2019 – Bryan County Schools Teacher of the Year – Bryan County Middle School
- November 2020 – Dr. Gamble-Hilton Outstanding Achievement Award – Langston Chapel Middle School
- September 2021 – College Football Playoff Foundation Extra Yard for Teachers Grant Recipient – Langston Chapel Middle School
- February 2022 – Student Support Team Association for Georgia Educators (SSTAGE) Star Award for Promising Practices Finalist – Langston Chapel Middle School
“Bulloch NAACP is pleased to present the 2023 Martin Luther King Jr. Parade Grand Marshal. We extended this honor to Mr. Hills as a token of our appreciation for the work he’s done and continues to do in his service to the students at Langston Chapel Middle School. We recognized that his service to these students goes beyond the walls of the learning environment, and it is because of this that we bestow this honor to him. We sincerely appreciate your service, Mr. Hills, as you continue to shape and grow future leaders through your continued efforts in your role at Langston Chapel Middle School.” Sophia Harris-Johnson, Bulloch County NAACP
The parade route will begin at East Olliff and North Main Street, continue through downtown Statesboro, turn at the center of town onto West Main Street, then right onto MLK, and end at Luetta Moore Park.
Following the parade, a Community Service and Celebration at Elm Street Church of God will begin at 3:00 pm, with Reverend Daniel Foster III, Reverend Christopher Culbreth, Dr Alexander Smith Jr, and Pastor Brock Taylor & United Voices for Christ.
From Bulloch County NAACP’s 2023 MLK National Holiday Observance site: “The Bulloch County Branch of the NAACP cordially invites you to be our honored guest at the 2023 National Holiday Observance Parade on January 16, 2023 commemorating the life and legacy of the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In remembering the work of Dr. King, we display the very best of America in terms of our strength and endurance to overcome and succeed. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is not only for celebration and remembrance, education and tribute, but above all a day of service. It is a day of interracial and intercultural cooperation and sharing. No other day of the year brings so many people from different cultural backgrounds together in such a vibrant spirit of brother and sisterhood. The 2023 parade theme is “Community, This Is Power” and your presence on this special day would mean so much to the success of this noble endeavor. The parade which begins at 2p.m. will feature elected officials, marching bands, community organizations, businesses, colorful floats and much more.”