The Orange Branch NAACP will not have their annual Martin Luther King Jr Day March. In keeping with the City of Orange’s mandatory requirement for all organizations and civic groups to provide current liability insurance, at this time the local NAACP Branch is unable to obtain the necessary updated paperwork from the National NAACP office.

However, this year, the Orange Branch will hold a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration beginning at 1 p.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, located at 106 N. Park Street. Greetings and speeches will be given by city and government officials, along with community leaders. The theme for this event will be “Bridging the Gap for the fulfillment of the Community.”

The NAACP is urging all local ministers and their congregations to be present as the community celebrates the doctrine of Dr. King. The Orange Branch acknowledges, with great pride, that it took decades to erect the Martin Luther King Jr. Monument. Dr King was not about a monument, he was about a movement.

This year’s celebration is being sponsored by Granger Chevrolet and ComPro Tax. Event coordinators are Jackie Mayfield, Franklin Gans and Addie Allen.