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Many Metro Council members join PRIDE INC for 35th Motorcade and Rally on January 15th

Wednesday January 10, 2007

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

Louisville – In the early 70’s a group of city workers, elected officials and civil rights gathered to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. It began as part of a nationwide push for Dr. King’s birthday to be a national holiday and has since become a tradition honoring his legacy..

“Some very dedicated people who have been involved in every rally since that time,” says Councilman George Unseld (D) 6. “In 35 years, we want everyone to know Dr. King’s work and message lives on.”

On January 15th, PRIDE Inc. will once again organize the 35th Motorcade and Rally. The Motorcade will travel from Lyles Plaza at 28th and Broadway to the Rally at the Hill Street Missionary Baptist Church on Dixie Highway..

“I will always remember the times I have ridden in the Motorcade,” says Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (D) 2. “It is good to be with working men and women who get together to celebrate Dr. King.”

Grand Marshal for 2007 is the Honorable William E. McAnulty Jr. of the Kentucky Supreme Court.

“This year’s Motorcade is dedicated to the memory of Mrs. Coretta Scott King,” says Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge (D) 3. “She was an inspiration and a true leader to all of us in the fight against social injustice. We are honored to be hosting this year’s rally in District 3.”

The Motorcade will line up beginning at 10:00am on the 15th. It will follow a route from Broadway, River Park and Oak Street before proceeding to Dixie Highway.

It will be made up of cars, trucks, vans, buses and motorcycles. Among the groups include the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, Louisville Fire Department, Shively Police Department, EMS, Solid Waste Management and various church buses.

The Reverend Medford Elliott of the Greater Bethel Baptist Church of Akron, Ohio, will be the guest speaker at the rally which is set to begin at Hill Street Missionary Baptist at 12:00pm.

“I would encourage anyone who believes in the work of Dr. King to join us for this wonderful celebration,” says Councilwoman Judith Green (D) 1. “Now more than ever, we need to remember that justice and equality is the core of our democracy.”

The 35th Motorcade and Rally is just one of many joint community efforts between PRIDE INC. and members of the Metro Council. Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 yearly contribute funds to programs to help needy families in the Metro Area. PRIDE INC is an organization which works for social justice and African American awareness in the Louisville area.

Here is the parade route for Monday, January 15th:

Leave 28th and Broadway, proceed west to 45th Street

Right on 45th to River park

East on River Park to 3rd & Chestnut

Right on 3rd & Chestnut to 3rd & Oak

Right on 3rd & Oak to 22nd & Oak

Left on 22nd & Oak to Dixie Highway

Right on Dixie Highway and proceed to the Hill Street Missionary Baptist Church, 2203 Dixie Highway.

Judy Green (D) 1
Barbara Shanklin (D) 2
Mary Woolridge (D) 3
David Tandy (D) 4
Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5
George Unseld (D) 6