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Dr. Nora Gough-Davis will be the grand marshal at this year’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Parade.
Gough-Davis said, "I’m more than honored to be named the grand marshal of the parade. My father had the honor of being named grand marshal of this very same parade before he passed away and I can remember how excited he was."
Gough-Davis is a family nurse practitioner at Shaw Family Medical and Gough Family Medical in Drew.
Gough-Davis was inspired by her father, the late Dr. Walter C. Gough to pursue medicine.
Gough-Davis added, "My sister and I went with him on rounds to see his patients in the hospital and in nursing homes.
"My favorite medical exposure was when we would spend weekends with him on his Emergency Room rotation and he would tell us about the interesting cases that he had. I loved the passion that my dad had for helping patients in need regardless of their ability to pay him," said Gough-Davis."
Willena White, chairperson of the MLK Parade Committee, "Our committee chose Ms. Gough-Davis because her work relates to this year's theme, ‘We are not makers of history, we are made by history.’”
White added, "We selected Nora because I've known her mom and dad for a long time and she is carrying on the history of her family.
"She kept her father's business opened in Drew once he passed, so she is made by history. We felt it was admirable and courageous of her to not only be a young black female in medicine in the Delta, but to have two practices opened at the same time and be successful, all while giving back to the community."
Gough-Davis was a recent recipient of the Myrlie Evers Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities' Rural Health Champion Award, which goes to an unsung hero who makes significant contributions in the promotion of physical activity in a rural population.
Gough-Davis has also recently partnered with a local fitness trainer in Shaw to provide one-on-one physical activity regimens for patients of all ages who are obese and with a counseling service to provide on-site counseling for behavioral and mental health issues stemming from poor health.
In a previous interview with the Bolivar Commercial, Gough-Davis said, "I will continue to make efforts to improve the quality of healthcare delivery in the Delta, which would include recruiting more primary care providers to coordinate programs that educate patients on ways to improve their health."
The MLK Parade lineup will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday in front of Cleveland City Hall.
The parade will proceed down North Street across U.S. Highway 61, then turn south on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and will end at the corner of White Street and MLK Drive in the Amzie Moore Park.
For more information, contact Willena White at (662) 402-1417 or Joseph White III at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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