The City of South Fulton will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with an inaugural parade on Jan. 20, followed by a rally to encourage participation in the 2020 Census.
The parade will travel along part of Old National Highway, starting at the Walmart parking lot, 6149 Old National Hwy., and ending at the Grown Folks Cafe parking lot, 5495 Old National Hwy., which will be the rally site.
“Dr. King’s vision reached across many lines, including ensuring access to economic prosperity and fair representation in government for all people,” said Mayor William “Bill” Edwards. “As we honor him, it’s only fitting that we encourage people to become engaged in the census process and be counted.”
Mayor Edwards will serve as the MLK parade’s grand marshal, along with personality Sanford MC Lightfoot. Lightfoot also is scheduled to appear at the rally.
Federal officials use census data to determine how funding is dispersed to local healthcare facilities, schools, non-profits and other agencies. Businesses and developers also rely on those numbers when considering where to place or expand facilities and create residential neighborhoods.
“Our city stands to gain much through these funding opportunities,” Edwards said. “To maximize our share, we must have accurate population data. You can help. Make sure you are counted.”
Local businesses, churches and others are invited to participate in the parade, which will start a 1 p.m. The rally will follow at 2:30 p.m.
Click here to register to participate in the parade.