MLK Day celebrated with parade, memorial service

MLK Day celebrated with parade, memorial service

Tallahassee attorney and Chipley native Dawn Whitehurst speaks about the power of dreams during Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. memorial celebration at Artis Gilmore Park in Chipley.

Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 08:01 AM.

CHIPLEY — Faith is key when making dreams come true, said Chipley native and attorney Dawn Whitehurst of Tallahassee.

Whitehurst spoke at Monday’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at Artis Gilmore Park. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Building the Dream on the Foundation of Faith.”

The memorial service followed the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in downtown Chipley.

The MLK celebrations began Saturday with an Education Day at the park. Among the booths at Education day were Florida Kid Care, CARE (Chemical Addictions Recovery Effort), Washington County Supervisor of Elections, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Juvenile Justice and Covenant Hospice. The rap group Seago also performed on Saturday.

Whitehurst is an attorney with the Knowles & Randolph law firm in Tallahassee. She graduated from Florida State University College of Law in 1988 and first worked as assistant state attorney with the Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office, according to the website

In 1991, she was hired as an Assistant General Counsel with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement where she prosecuted law enforcement officers, correctional officers and probation officers in formal administrative hearings throughout the State of Florida, according to the website. She also provided training to officers around the state pertaining to the professional standards in their field and the officer discipline process, and was frequently asked to serve as a guest lecturer on various law enforcement topics.

From 1994 to 2000 she served as Assistant City Attorney for the Tallahassee City Attorney’s office, and in 2002 she joined Knowles & Randolph, according to the website.

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