MLK Day Parade 2018 in Houston

My 6th grade class at Kolter Elementary School in 1962-1963 in the Meyerland area of Houston, Texas. A few Hispanic students and one Chinese student in this class at the time. The American Civil Rights movement was from 1954 to 1968.

 

 

Many public schools and some businesses today have this federal holiday off to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and his legacy. During his lifetime,  King advocated racial and economic equality and peaceful means to change America for the better and to end segregation across America. King’s message and the civil rights movement encountered threats and violent opposition.

Click on link below to read the Nobel Peace Prize winner and civil rights leader’s “I Have A Dream” speech in 1963.

https://www.archives.gov/files/press/exhibits/dream-speech.pdf.

Today many Americans are celebrating the holiday honoring King. Hundreds of families and visitors lined San Jacinto Street in midtown Houston to celebrate MLK Day and see the 24th Annual Martin Luther King Grande Parade, one of two MLK parades in Houston.  It was a beautiful sunny, cool morning for the parade. Below are some highlights of the parade’s first hour. (Nat. Sound Video 3:56)

Fancy and vintage automobiles kicked off the one-mile parade of various youth dance groups, marching band and drill teams, community businesses and VIPS. During the first hour, Houston’s Charles Milby High School band and drill team and the Port Arthur, Texas ISD marching band and drill team rocked it on San Jacinto street. Christ the King Lutheran Church in Rice Village and other church groups also walked the parade route. Several parade groups tossed out candy to children or handed out salvation/gospel tracts along the parade route. The parade’s grand marshalls were champion boxer George Foreman and Grammy-winning Yolanda Adams.  Houston Police also were there to keep the parade safe for everyone.

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