Local Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration activities will include a parade on Jan. 13 and the annual Celebration Breakfast on Jan. 15 in Sherman.

The Martin Luther King Jr. parade will be held the Saturday before MLK Day at noon. All churches, civic and social groups, and members of the public are welcome to attend and participate in the parade. The parade route begins at 400 S. Travis Street and will progress eastward on Brockett. A service will follow in Mabee Hall in the Wright Campus Center of Austin College at 1301 E. Brockett. Student speaker Christian Chiles will deliver a speech in celebration of the Civil Right leader.

The 14th annual Grayson County Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Breakfast will be held on Monday, Jan. 15, at 7:15 a.m. in Mabee Hall of the Robert J. and Mary Wright Campus Center at Austin College. The cost to attend is $15 per person, payable at the door, and admission is free for the faculty and students of Austin College and Grayson College.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Kim Andrews of Dallas, author of “The Global Red Circle: Standing in Truth, Unleashing our Most Powerful Selves” and founder of the movement that has resulted from its publication.

The Global Red Circle’s mission is to provide women the opportunity to speak on their life stories in one-on-one sessions, group circles and storytelling events to transcend painful and devastating moments in their lives. Andrews believes this is “the century of the women” and has said her goal is to build a global sisterhood of strong women who can heal and nurture themselves and each other by sharing their wisdom. Through the continued expansion of feminine energy, she believes society can put an end to strife, poverty and the environmental calamity.

Student speaker James Wyche will also deliver a speech celebrating the impact of Martin Luther King Jr.

At the time of this publication, Sherman and Grayson County Rotary Clubs, Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center, Austin College, Grayson College, and the Sherman Neighborhood Recreation Committee are sponsors of the MLK celebration events.

For parade participation information, contact Eric Ross of the Sherman Neighborhood Recreation Committee at 903-818-8607.