Doctors to serve as grand marshals for Black History parade
Feb. 10, 2011 at 6:02 p.m.
Updated Feb. 17, 2011 at 8:18 p.m.
Four African-American doctors will serve as grand marshals for this year's Black History Month parade.
Cardiologists Dr. Tywaun Tillman and Dr. Chelif Junor, with Citizens Medical Center as well as obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Yvette Westford, with Victoria Women's Clinic, will serve as marshals on Saturday morning. Ophthalmologist and pediatrician Dr. Deborah Eezzudehmoi, who works Victoria Eye Center, will also be a marshal.
"We're happy to have enough black doctors here to participate. We've never had that before," said Earnel Hill, former president of the Black History Month Steering Committee.
"We're happy they accepted to be the grand marshals."
The doctors will also speak at the Black History Month Festival following the parade and will be at a festival booth from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to visit with the public.
"I'm honored to be a part of the experience," said Junor, 39.
The marshals said they hope their presence will serve as an inspiration to the youth in attendance.
"It's about exposure," said Westford, 47. "Seeing that people who look like you have achieved, will hopefully inspire others to achieve."
She added, "If you haven't seen it, then you can't want it."
The Black History Month Festival will begin at the Victoria Community Center immediately following the parade and will last until 4 p.m.
The festival will include food and entertainment.
A dance will be held later that night at the community center.
The proceeds from dance ticket sales will go toward scholarships, said Hill.
"We would like for it to be a big event," said Hill. "We need folks to come out and participate."
Corrected Feb. 12, 2011