Robinson to lead 35th annual Martin Luther King parade

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The Walterboro Shrine Club’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade will take place on Sunday, January 16, at 2:30 p.m. on Jefferies Boulevard in Walterboro.

Lineup will begin at 1:30 p.m. in front of Live Oak Cemetery.

The public is cordially invited to attend, and parade Chairman Herman Bright said he is expecting an exciting lineup for the parade. Serving this year as parade marshal for the MLK, Jr. Parade is a former Colleton County Councilman and retired pastor Rev. Evon Arrington Robinson, Sr.

Rev. Robinson, a retired pastor of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, is a native of Cottageville.

After graduating from Colleton Training School, he attended SC Trade School and later completed a tour of duty in the United States Army. In 1970, he attended South Carolina State University and the Nichols Theological Seminary Extension in Charleston for religious training.

He served in the pastoral ministry of Jesus Christ for 47 years in the South Carolina Annual Conference, leading congregrations in many churches.

Rev. Robinson also sat on multiple boards and committees throughout the Palmetto State and was also elected to then Colleton County Board of Education.

He was later elected and served on the Colleton County Council for 16 years, three of which he was a chairman.

Additionally, he served for 15 years on the Board of Directors of the Lowcountry Regional Council of Government; was treasurer for the South Carolina Coalition of Black County Officials; sat on the Lowcountry Community Action Agency Community Action Agency Board of Directors; and was chairman of the Equal Opportunity Committee for the Department of the United States Navy at the Naval Weapons Station in Charleston.

Lastly, he is a member of the Colleton Branch of the NAACP and the Hiram Mann Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., which he served as president for four years.

Married to Gloria Smalls Robinson for 56 years, they have four children: Evon, Jr., Ronald, Rhonda Lynn, and Keon. They have nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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