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Georgia NAACP president walks in Statesboro parade

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STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) -

A familiar local face led Statesboro's Martin Luther King, Jr. parade.

Local attorney Francys Johnson shook hands and waved at the thousands who lined the downtown streets. Johnson serves as president of the Georgia branch of the NAACP.

He sees his tenure as president is as much an honor for Statesboro as it is for him. He was also glad to see so much of his hometown turn out to attend the parade.

"I'm proud to see Statesboro come out to celebrate the life and legacy of a great man and great American who fought to make real the promises of America's democracy," Johnson stated.

He noted the Georgia NAACP continues to fight against inequality in civil rights. That includes better access to Medicaid and health care. However, he said, there has been progress since Dr. King's lifetime.

"In Alabama, they outlawed the NAACP and in Georgia they tried to. But, under this beautiful Statesboro sky, the fact that the NAACP can march in the street and see the representatiion of every hue in the community...that's progress.

One of the highlights of the King observance will be appearance of former U.S. Ambassador and Atlanta mayor Andrew Young Wednesday night.

Young served as an aide and lieutenant to Dr. King. Young will speak 7p.m. at the Georgia Southern University Performing Arts Center.

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