Washington parade marshal

Clarence Washington Jr.

Washington Jr. to be grand marshal

Pierce County’s annual  Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade will be held Monday, January 18, and organizers are asking all participants and attendees to wear masks and practice social distancing.

This year’s parade theme is “Truth, Love and Justice.” Clarence Washington Jr. will serve as parade grand marshal.

“I’m honored to be chosen,” Washington Jr. told The Times.

Washington is a 2013 graduate of Albany State University where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in middle grades education and a minor in political science. He is also a graduate of the University of West Georgia where he earned a master’s degree in school counseling.

 Washington is an assistant principal at Waycross Middle School (Ware County Schools), and an active member of Saint James Missionary Baptist Church where he serves as youth director and financial secretary.

Washington says he aims to live his life by the scripture “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.” (Luke 12:48).

Washington is a Gates Millennium Scholar, Leadership Georgia and Leadership Pierce County alumnus. He is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., is a member of the Board of Directors for Action Pact (formerly Concerted Services, Inc.), and serves as chairman of the Edward Bud Newton Recreation Community Center Board of Directors.

Washington is committed to uplifting the youth in the community as a motivational speaker and conducting workshops at various churches and community events. He is a mentor with the RIVERS Foundation Beautillion and Leadership Program.

Vehicles and floats will line up at 9 a.m. at the Board of Education on Main Street. Participants are responsible for making their own signs and floats.

The parade will be the main observance this year. The annual Saturday night banquet has been canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We want to be safe and follow health guidelines,” said Isaac Moses, chairman of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Committee. “We believe this is the best course of action.”

Moses said the annual banquet awards and scholarships will be presented at a later date.

The parade is always held on the Monday of the federal holiday celebrating MLK’s birthday.

For more information, contact, Isaac Moses, chairman, at 449-5589 (home) or 552-0118 (cell), or Ellene Henry at (912) 424-0017 (cell).