Black History Parade in Georgetown


By Gregory Woods

GEORGETOWN, S. C. (WCIV) -- It's the last week of Black History Month but the celebration is still in full effect in the Lowcountry.

Hundreds of people headed out to Front Street in Georgetown Saturday afternoon for the town's 32nd annual Black History Parade celebration.

For many, the half-hour parade gave them a sense of pride.

"It just gives me a good feeling to be a part of the black community," said Gloria Ford.

For others, seeing African-American Greek organizations and local community leaders who experienced the Civil Rights Movement first hand, was an opportunity to teach their kids about the past.

"One of my kids was asking what the lady was doing with a wash board," said Sylvester Deas who brought his children to the parade. "They've never seen a wash board before, so this gives me an opportunity to teach them about how things used to be."

Turning back the hands of time is what some children who attended the Black History Parade said will help them in their future.

"As a young black male, it is very important to know," said 18-year-old Keyonce Green, who attended the event with his family. "So I can work hard and we don't have a repeat of history."

Deas said not repeating history is the reason he brought his kids to the annual event.

"I want them to realize all the sacrifices that have been made for them, and how far we still have to go," he said.{}

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