Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Observance Day, a national holiday observed by federal, state, and most municipalities. Schools are also out that day. Organizers of the annual MLK Day Parade and March in Center got a surprise yesterday when the city of Center and TxDOT officials cleared the way for the 17-year tradition to continue.
Parade and March organizers had thought earlier in the day Thursday that the reconstruction on MLK Drive in East Center would squelch their plans since they had not requested an alternate route. However, City Manager Chad Nehring, TxDOT and Center Police have made the event possible, as participants will line up inside the Center Square beginning at 3:30 Monday for the 4 o’clock parade. Participants will enter the Square at the corner of Shelbyville & San Augustine Streets, and make 2 to 3 trips around the Square. At the conclusion, they’ll re-enter the inside of the Square for a prayer and dismissal.
A march will be held in San Augustine at 1 o’clock Monday starting at the Lincoln School. Activities move to the San Augustine Museum Theatre where the program, “Moving Forward in Unity” will be held. Speaker will be Rev. George Simon.
A MLK Day program is scheduled for Mt. Zion C.M.E. Church at 4 Sunday afternoon, with Bishop Ronald M. Cunningham, who presides over 15 regions in Southern, Central, Eastern, and Northern Africa to be the guest speaker.