By Tia Lynn Lecorchick
The Morgan County Chapter of the NAACP held its annual parade on Saturday, May 31, starting at the Morgan County Primary School and ending at Town Park, where various vendors set up festivities for the rest of the afternoon. Local churches, community members, and county and city officials all participated in the parade. “God has given us this beautiful day. It’s one time of the year for all of the community to come together and express how much we love Morgan County,” said Laura Butler, president of the Morgan County NAACP. Madison Mayor Fred Perriman rode on top of a fire truck during the parade to show his support for the NAACP and Morgan County.
“It’s always an exciting time for the NAACP. This is history. We let our community know we play a major part in this community,” said Perriman. Donald Harris, a county commissioner, was also proud to participate in the parade. “The Morgan County Black History parade is one of the best in the state of Georgia,” said Harris. “It’s always important to look back to the past to see where you’ve come from and what you have to do to move forward.” City council members Chris Hodges and Carrie Peters-Reid also rode in the fire truck with Perriman. “This is about the promotion and celebration of African-Americans in Morgan County,” said Hodges.
“We want to be a voice for the community. I am one of those voices,” added Reid. “Our theme is one of encouragement,” said Erica Veasley, a school board member and member of Calvary Baptist Church. “We want to advance the possibilities available through living a Christ-centered life.” This year’s parade honored the Morgan County Boys Basketball team and the Rev. G.C. Brown for his tireless lifelong work in the community and being the oldest living pastor in Morgan County. Brown, 91, has lived in Morgan County his entire life and pastors three churches in town. “I have lived my entire life here, loved this community, and worked to make it better,” said Brown. Mary Brown, his daughter, was proud to stand by her father during the parade, along with other Brown family members.
“He’s been the backbone of our family, through the midst of all our sorrows, he’s held us together,” said Mary Brown. Mayor Perriman had nothing but praise for Brown and his commitment to Morgan County. “He has seen so much struggle throughout his life, yet he is still standing,” said Perriman. “He is an awesome man and an awesome pastor.” According to Butler, the NAACP Parade will hopefully remind the community of African-American History, the struggles they have overcome and the great contributions African-Americans have made to this community.