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Council Members to join PRIDE for 36th Annual MLK Rally on Monday, January 21st

Friday January 18, 2008

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/ 526-3622

Some 2000 cars are expected to participate in PRIDE Inc’s 36th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. motorcade and rally on Monday, January 21st. For the first time, the motorcade will travel down a major highway named in his honor.

“I have been a part of the Pride Inc. motorcade for 30 years and will proudly honor Dr. King by participating again this year,” says Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge (D) 3. “I encourage citizens from all parts of the city to line up with me and hundreds of others as we motorcade along Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Expressway”

The Motorcade is the first part of the PRIDE Inc celebration. A 12:00 noon rally is planned at the Hill Street Missionary Baptist Church on Dixie Highway. Councilman David Tandy (D) 4 is one of the Rally’s featured speakers.

"The life work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. certainly merits celebration and emulation, on this holiday and throughout the year,” says Tandy. “But equally as important is for the people of Louisville to recognize the collective power that was displayed by those who participated in the Civil Rights Movement to bring about positive change in this country. It is a lesson that we must be replicated today to address the pressing issues of our time."

Council members Judith Green (D) 1 and George Unseld (D) 6 will join Woolridge and Tandy in the PRIDE Celebration.

“I am looking forward to joining hundreds of others as we celebrate the life of Dr. King, “says Green. “ He was taken from us 40 years ago this year, but his message is just as important today as it was back then.”

In 2007, with the strong endorsement of the Louisville Metro Council, the Kentucky General Assembly approved the renaming of I-65 in Jefferson County to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Expressway. The effort was lead by Senator Gerald Neal D- Louisville. Neal and Louisville Metro Police Chief Robert White are this year’s motorcade Grand Marshals.

Those who want to be a part of the motorcade should gather at 28th & Broadway to line up at 10:00 am. The motorcade will get underway at 11:00 am.

The motorcade route will proceed east on Broadway to 1st Street then to 1-65 Dr, Martin Luther King, Jr. Expressway. It will then head north to 1-64 traveling to the 264 Exit, continue on 264 the Shively exit and on to Dixie Highway to Hill Street Missionary Baptist Church, 2203 Dixie Highway.

The rally will begin at 12:00 noon at the Church.

“This event is a great way to show unity for the "Stop the Violence & the Killing" movement while honoring the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” says Woolridge.

The Hill Street Missionary Baptist Church is located at 2203 Dixie Highway.

Sponsors:
Judith Green (D) 1
Mary C. Woolridge (D) 3
David Tandy (D) 4
George Unseld (D) 6