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2007 Houston Martin Luther King Parade Was A Mess

The 2007 Houston Martin Luther King Parade was a disorganized mess. 

Each year I go the morning parade. (Incredibly, because of some silly nasty dispute, we have two parades in Houston) In past years, the morning parade would run nearly three hours. Today’s parade went an hour at most.

Much of that hour consisted of long gaps between marchers. These gaps sometimes ran as long as five minutes.

I don’t know how many people were lined-up on the parade route, but it had to be at least a few thousand. 

The weather in Houston is awful today. But so what? I made it Downtown. So did many other people. At least some of the marchers showed up. Where was everybody else? 

How can real progress be made when a parade can’t be organized correctly? What hard work for justice will be accomplished when a few hours of rain and cold scares people off? What example is set when adults tell kids it is to cold to march?

1/16/08–Please click here for a Texas Liberal Martin Luther King Reading List.

Please click here for a report on the 2008 Houston King Parade.

January 15, 2007 - Posted by | Houston, Martin & Malcolm



    Comment by Unknown | January 18, 2008

  2. The 2009 MLK Grande Parade-Houston are now accepting volunteers. Please register online @ http://www.mlkgrandeparade.org. We will try to do something about The Weather in 09. Gaps in The Parade were induced systematically to allow for full utilization of TV Broadcast Opportunities. We are Very Grateful to those who particpated under The Most Trying of Circumstances.

    Comment by Charles Stamps | May 12, 2008

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