Tim Murry and Willie Montgomery, lifelong residents of Clermont, believe its time for Clermont to celebrate black culture awareness and pride. “We want to bring a parade to Clermont to honor Dr. King for the ultimate sacrifice he made in fighting for civil and equal rights for all mankind”, said Tim Murry. In addition to honoring Rev. Dr. King, Tim Murry believes that a parade will help advance Dr. King’s dream of all men joining hands and living in peace.
Clermont was not without issues during that explosive time in American history but the country has evolved. “Now, as the largest city in Lake County, there is no reason why Clermont residents should have to leave Clermont to enjoy and participate in celebrations and parades in surrounding cities”, says Murry.
Memorial Road Sign Dedication – On January 21, a ceremony will begin at 10 am with a memorial road sign dedication ceremony at the corner of Bloxam Avenue and East Desoto Street.
The Parade Route – The memorial parade will start directly after the dedication (approx 10:15 am) beginning at Bloxam, advancing west on East DeSoto St to East Ave; turning right on East Ave and ending at Waterfront Park. Participates in the parade will include local businesses, community churches and is open to organizations as well. Participation will be limited to 25 units per agreement with the city.
Activities: From 11 am – 4 pm. there will be activities, entertainment, and family fun. Free blood pressure checks and educational health info provided by Black Nurses Rock.
Sponsors of the day’s events are Christian Men in Action and the City of Clermont. Willie Green Productions and Getchapraiseon Production are providing entertainment.
This will be the first year that the city of Clermont can boast its own Rev. Martin Luther King Memorial Parade but since 2012 memorial celebrations have been officially observed in Clermont. Christian Men in Action sponsored the first Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in 2012. It is Murray and Montgomery’s hope that the parade will become an annual part of the day’s event.
Willie Montgomery is in charge of the planning and coordination of the parade. Tim is the wingman. The community plays an important part in making the event successful by helping advance Dr. Rev. King’s dream of all men joining hands and living in peace.