‘Who will pick up the torch?’

MLK parade, program this Saturday
By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Mexia residents will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Saturday, Jan. 13, with a parade and a program afterward.
Lineup for the parade is 9:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, at the intersection of Commerce and Kaufman. Organizers are inviting anyone who values the principle of equality that Dr. King promoted to show up to either walk or ride in the parade – or just watch and encourage the entrants as they pass by.
The parade itself starts at 10 a.m., and if history is anything to judge by, there will be many walkers.
After the parade ends, those participating will meet at the Mexia Civic Center for the day’s program of several motivational speakers, including keynote speaker Charles Estes. A native of Mexia and 1987 graduate of Mexia High School, Estes went on to attend Ranger Junior College after high school and had a long career at FedEx. He started his own trucking company in 1999 that is still striving today. Estes attributes his success to hard work, endurance and prayer, encouraging Mexia youth to set a goal and not to give up.

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