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Darrell Wallace Jr. serves as Grand Marshal in MLK parade

January 20, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Wallace Jr. was the first African-American to win a NASCAR national series race since 1963

On Saturday, Jan. 18, Charlotte held its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Parade and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Darrell Wallace Jr. had the opportunity to serve as one of the Grand Marshals for the event. 

More than 90 community organizations, marching bands, and step and drill teams participated. Floats consisted of the student winners of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools MLK Art and Writing Contests, local performance group and "American's Got Talent" quarter finalist Inspire the Fire, and "The Band" Marching Unit, an award-winning group from Baltimore, Md., Amanda McCoy, the 2013 Miss Black USA also made an appearance. 

Accompanying Wallace Jr. in his Grand Marshal position was Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon. 

Wallace shared an excited tweet with his followers before the event. 

As well as a picture of himself riding in front of the parade. 

In 2013 at Martinsville Speedway, Wallace Jr. became the first African-American to win a NASCAR national series race since 1963. 

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