Angie-Varnado area MLK celebrations planned for Saturday

Published 9:33 pm Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Angie-Varnado Area Concerned Citizens Organization has completed the plans for its 11th year celebration of the birthday of the slain civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Reigning as royalty of the 2015 celebration will be the Rev. Terrence S. August and his wife, Cynthia A. August. The Augusts are the proud parents of three daughters, Kewanda August-Bickham (Jermaine), Kenita Nicoulin (Steven) and Katasha August. They also have one grandson, Kellen Myles Nicoulin.

A resident of Franklinton, the Rev. August has served as pastor of the Angie Charge — Live Oak, Mary’s Chapel and Wesley Ray United Methodist Churches — for the past nine years. Prior to being appointed to the Angie Charge, he pastored Winan (Franklinton) and Hayes (Hackley) United Methodist Churches for 25 years.

The Rev. August is a native of Baton Rouge and the fourth of six sons of the late Rev. Wilbert and Evelyn August. A graduate of Scotlandville High School, he attended Southern University and received his bachelor’s degree in business management. The Rev. August received his Master of Divinity from the Gammon Seminary in Atlanta. He is active on the local, district and conference areas.

This year’s queen, Cynthia A. August, is a native of Franklin, La., and is the daughter of Henry Colar and the late Ethel B. Colar. She and the Rev. August have been married for 36 years.

An alumna of Franklin High School, Cynthia went on to graduate from Grambling State University with a B.S. degree in accounting. At the present time, she is employed as the payroll manager for the Bogalusa City School System. Prior to this position, she was employed by the Washington Parish School System in several positions for 29 years. She is also the assistant manager of the Washington Educational Association Federal Credit Union in Franklinton.

Ms. August is very active in the three churches pastored by her husband and in the local communities. She serves as secretary for the Washington Parish 911 Communications Board and treasurer for the Washington Parish Tourist Commission. She is a longtime volunteer of the Washington Parish Free Fair as a member of the Stage Committee, the R.W.E. Jones Alumni Chapter of Washington Parish and the King’s Birthday Celebration Organization of Franklinton.

The 2015 Concerned Citizens parade will begin at noon on Saturday, Jan. 17, at the former Varnado Elementary School and end at Varnado High School, where a program will be held that features the youth of the churches and schools of the area. Refreshments will be served.

For more information about the celebration, contact Ryan Jefferson, president at 986-3246 or Levi Lewis, parade chairperson at 735-5890.