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      1st African-American mayor leads parade in Columbia

      COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Some folks across the Midlands took part in Karamu! Celebrate! The Annual South Carolina Black History Parade.

      The parade made its route Saturday through Columbia TMs historic Waverly and Five Points communities.

      The Grand Marshal was the Honorable Steve Benjamin, who was elected as the first black mayor of Columbia.

      The parade and gospel soiree festival theme was Youth Health Issues- Beat It 2.

      Participants dressed as historical black figures and passed out Black History facts to spectators.

      Karamu is a Swahili term for celebration.

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