On Jan. 18, SPEEED and the Aviyon Foundation hosted a parade in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. While other parades may be more for spectators and entertainment, this parade represented a passing of the torch to the next generation of dreamers. “2020 Vision,” the theme for this year’s parade, challenged youth to dream, unify and serve with clarity in love, life, faith, and hope.
Participants were rewarded with a birthday bash in King’s honor, complete with a birthday cake and cultural dishes from countries such as France, Germany, Italy, and America. SPEEED founder, Nan Jeffers, says she hopes attendees were inspired to learn about others in spite of superficial differences.
Participants included several clubs, youth groups, civic organizations, churches, city officials and dance teams. Other organizations that helped support the event included the City of Roxboro, Long Memorial United Methodist Church, Zion Christian Center, Taylor Printing, Piedmont Community College and The Courier=Times.