Loxley group to host march and program

By John Underwood / john@gulfcoastmedia.com
Posted 1/16/19

LOXLEY, Alabama — For the 14th straight year, the Loxley Area Martin Luther King Group will hold program beginning with a march up Alabama 59 (Hickory Street) beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21 at …

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Loxley group to host march and program

Residents march up Alabama 59 during last year's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Remembrance.
Residents march up Alabama 59 during last year's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Remembrance.
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LOXLEY, Alabama — For the 14th straight year, the Loxley Area Martin Luther King Group will hold program beginning with a march up Alabama 59 (Hickory Street) beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21 at the Loxley Church of God, marching to the Loxley Civic Center.

A short program at the Civic Center will follow the march, featuring youth-led singing and readings from King’s writings and speeches. The theme for this year’s program is “With Unity: Together We Can Change Things.”

“Now more than ever, we need to come together as Americans,” said Ronnie McBride, who has organized the event since inception. “With all that is going on in the world, we need to recognize that everyone deserves to be treated the same.”

Guest speaker for the event will be Dr. Reginald Crenshaw, District 3 representative for the Mobile County School Board.

Crenshaw graduated from Mattie T. Blount High School in 1974 and earned bachelor's degree in economics from Morehouse College in 1978.

After graduating from Morehouse, Crenshaw taught one year of mathematics at Blount High School. At the age of 21, he was elected to a seat on the Prichard City Council.

He eventually joined the staff at Bishop State Community College as the coordinator of institutional research. He currently serves as the director of Title III Programs and adjunct instructor for business statistics for the school.

While employed at Bishop State, he has earned a master's degree in public administration from the University of South Alabama, completed all course work towards a master's degree in general counseling from Alabama State University and earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Southern Mississippi.

After obtaining his Ph.D., Crenshaw was employed by Alabama State University as an adjunct instructor teaching courses in educational statistics, educational research and several other master’s degree/Ed.S. courses offered at the Mobile Campus of Alabama State University.

Crenshaw is a member of the Highpoint Baptist Church, and is the founder and chairman of the Board of Directors of the Highpoint Educational and Community Enrichment Foundation Board. He has three children.

Each year, the nationwide Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is held on the third Monday of January to commemorate his birthday on Jan. 15. Introduced as legislation by U.S. Sen. Harris Wofford of Pennsylvania and Atlanta Congressman John Lewis, MLK Day was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1994.

Marches held in King’s honor commemorate the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery that created national support for federal voting rights legislation.