The Marlboro County Branch NAACP observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a parade on Saturday, January 13, in downtown Bennettsville and a program Monday, January 15, at Shiloh Baptist Church.
The theme of this year’s program was “Educating Students for Success in a Changing World, Past and Present.”
In her opening remarks, the branch president, Pearlie Lawson, said the event honored not just the life and legacy of King, but also all educators, past and present.
The program featured greetings from Brenda Toms, the branch’s 2017 Woman of the Year; Marlboro County Council Chairperson Dr. Carolyn Prince; Bennettsville Mayor Heath Harpe; and Rev. Billy Storm of Bruton Fork Baptist Church.
“Moments in History” were presented by John W. David, a retired educator, and Dr. Kandace Bethea, superintendent of the Marion County School District.
Guest speaker was Rev. Sterling Mosby of Greenhill Baptist Church in Hartsville.
There were also musical selections, a dance tribute and a membership appeal.