For four decades, the YWCA has been celebrating the life of a man that changed our country, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This January, the organization will host its month-long celebration of his life and achievements, including the annual parade, which will make its way through the streets of downtown Charleston on Mon. Jan. 16, the federal holiday honoring the civil rights leader. The procession, which is free to the public, will gather at Burke High School before movingto Fishburne Street toward Ashley Avenue, turning onto Sumter Street before heading down King all the way to Marion Square. Dr. Raymond S. Greenberg, MUSC’s president, will be the parade marshal. There are already 124 different community groups signed up to participate in the parade, and if yours is interested, it’s not too late, so contact the YWCA to enroll. After the parade’s completion, the YWCA will host a Youth Speak-Out at their 106 Coming St. offices around 12:30 p.m., where young people will provide their personal perspective on various topics, such as the role of Jewish and African Americans in the civil rights movement. Visit the YWCA website for a full rundown of their January MLK Celebration.