Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King
Martin Luther King Jr. led a non-violent struggle to reform and redeem the United States and is revered by many as a hero. As we pay tribute to him on his birthday this year it is my hope that his message of love and action will resonate with each of us.
King’s “I Have a Dream” speech called for peace and equality. His iconic speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial continues to stand out as one of the 20th century’s most unforgettable memories.
Martin Luther King Jr. was only 39 years old when he was assassinated on April 4,1968. He was the first modern private citizen to be honored with a federal holiday. The Congressional Black Caucus collected six million signatures in support of a federal holiday to honor Dr. King. In 1983 President Ronald Reagan signed a bill that created the federal holiday. The holiday was first commemorated in 1986 and is celebrated every third Monday in January, close to the civil rights leader’s birthday, which is January 15th.
The theme for the 2021 King holiday observance is “The Urgency of Creating the Beloved Community.” King described the “Beloved Community” as a society where “caring and compassion drive political policies that support the worldwide elimination of poverty and hunger and all forms of bigotry and violence. Let’s continue working together to ensure District K and the entire city of Houston is a “Beloved Community” for everyone who lives here.
The City and the Black Heritage Society are partnering this year to host the virtual 43rd Annual “Original” MLK Day Parade which will take place online from 10 a.m. to Noon. The show will include clips from past parades along with new video entries submitted online.
Simultaneously, a “Parade of Giving” will take place at MacGregor Park, 5225 Calhoun Rd. from 10 a.m. to Noon to support Houstonians who’ve been significantly affected by the pandemic.
I invite you to watch the virtual parade and drop off donations to help our fellow Houstonians if you can. Stay safe and be kind to each other!