Monday, January 6, 2014

MLK Parade and Celebration Set for January 18

C. Leigh McInnis
The Winston County Branch NAACP will celebrate the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Saturday, January 18, 2014. This year's program will take place at Still Valley M.B. Church at 142 Armstrong Street.

There will be a parade through the city of Louisville. Parade entry fee is $5.00. The parade will start promptly at 10:00 a.m., with line up at 9:00 a.m. For more information or to register for parade please call:

Renee Hampton at 662-779-0462 (evening) 662-435-4512 (daytime) or
Charles Hampton at 662-803-0635

The speaker this year will be Jackson State Professor, C. Leigh McInnis. McInnis is an instructor of English at Jackson State University, the publisher and editor of Black Magnolias Literary Journal, the author of seven books, including four collections of poetry, one collection of short fiction (Scripts: Sketches and Tales of Urban Mississippi), and one work of literary criticism (The Lyrics of Prince: A Literary Look at a Creative, Musical Poet, Philosopher, and Storyteller), and the 2012 First Runner-Up of the Amiri Baraka/Sonia Sanchez Poetry Award sponsored by North Carolina State A&T. He has presented papers at national conferences, such as College Language Association and the Neo-Griot Conference, and his work has appeared in Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Sable, New Delta Review, The Black World Today, In Motion Magazine, MultiCultural Review, A Deeper Shade, New Laurel Review, ChickenBones, Brick Street Press Anthology, Oxford American, Journal of Ethnic American Literature, and Red Ochre Lit. 

 In January of 2009, C. Liegh, along with eight other poets, was invited by the NAACP to read poetry in Washington, DC, for their Inaugural Poetry Reading celebrating the election of President Barack Obama. He has also been invited by colleges and libraries all over the country to read his poetry and fiction and to lecture on various topics, such creative writing and various aspects of African American literature, music, and history.