Celebrate MLK Day with the 'Dega Red Hat Society
by Laura Nation-Atchison
Jan 15, 2014 | 1943 views |  0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Betty Welch
Betty Welch
Celebrations of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Talladega will include a parade through town starting at 1 p.m. at the site of the former Save-A-Lot on Battle Street.

Members of the Vivacious ‘Dega Red Hat Society host the parade and feature the Rev. Betty Welch as grand marshall for the occasion.

All it takes to participate is arriving at the starting point on time and making a $5 contribution to the event.

The Vivacious Red Hat members planned the parade as a way to commemorate King’s legacy and his practice of dynamic leadership through preaching love for humanity and as one who lived and died in efforts to bring love and peace to the world.

“We are proud to have the minister and elect-lady of Peace Missionary Baptist Church lead this parade as grand marshal,” said Red Hat member Mildred Woods. “She, too, is a woman of God and a servant of God, and a dynamic leader who is preaching the gospel in Talladega County, the surrounding areas and abroad.

Welch is a graduate of Talladega County Central High School and Talladega College and received certificates in Christian education and leadership from the Rushing Springs School of Theology in Sylacauga and the Fourth Annual Dr. B.E. McKinney Seminars, “A Servant Attitude Award from the Rushing Springs District Baptist Association and District Congress of Christian Education.”

Welch began to spread the gospel in September, 2001 and has done so since, at many area churches, at women’s conferences, prayer breakfasts and retreats and in locations that include Ontario, Canada; and Chicago, Ill.

Welch and her husband, the Rev. Van Tony Welch, are pastor and elect lady for Peace Missionary Baptist Church. They are the parents of two daughters, have five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Her husband will be special guest for the parade.