Boykin to serve as parade grand marshal Monday

Rev. Calvin and Lizzie Boykin

The annual MLK Parade will be held Monday, Jan. 18, at 2 p.m. Line-up will begin at 1 p.m. at Metter Police Department on East Lillian St. 

Rev. Calvin Boykin will serve as parade grand marshal. 

Boykin said, “I am grateful to serve as grand marshal for the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. I humbly extend my sincere thanks for the opportunity.”

Boykin was selected by the Candler County Cultural Club Committee, an entity of the Candler County Branch NAACP. 

A native of Metter, Rev. Boykin has been married to Lizzie Ann Boykin for 42 years. They are the parents of seven children - one son and six daughters - and they have 18 grandchildren. 

He was ordained as a deacon in April 2001 and preached his trial sermon on July 13, 2003, and was given a license to preach the gospel. Boykin pastors two churches, the Cooper Baptist of Twin City and the New Life Missionary Baptist of Aline. 

Rev. Boykin currently serves as president of the Queen of Victory Missionary Baptist Association’s Sunday School Convention and director of the Candler Community Vacation Bible School. 

Boykin is a member of Thankful Missionary Baptist Church and serves as one of two associate pastors under the leadership of Rev. Richard Lawrence Jr., pastor. He is a member of Candler County Branch NAACP and formerly served as president of the Candler County Community Ministerial Alliance, succeeding Rev. William Eason, and president of the Brotherhood for Christ Ministry. 

There is no need to pre-register for the parade. All floats, individuals, churches, clubs, groups, riders, walkers, bikers, golf/go-carts, horses and other entries should just report at 1 p.m. at MPD to be included in the line-up.

All floats will be judged for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards.

The theme for this year’s MLK celebration is “United to Eliminate Racial Discrimination, and Let Equality and Justice Prevail.”

MLK observances will also take place this Sunday, Jan. 17 when the annual Observance Day Program will be held at New Hope in Register. The program will begin at 2 p.m.

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