2008 Houston MLK Parade—How About Fewer ROTC Marchers And More Honor Roll Kids
On Martin Luther King Day I attended the afternoon M.L.K Grande Parade in Houston that marched up and down Allen Parkway.
There is another parade that this year marched in the morning in Downtown Houston. There are two parades because the organizers of the parades are not mature enough to work out a longstanding dispute.
The marchers and the crowd at the King parade were people who love freedom and who love the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King.
Marchers came from as far away as Beaumont and Corpus Christi.
As good as the parade was, there are some points I’d make—
1. It would be better if more white people and more Asian and Hispanic people would attend the King parade.
2. Parade organizers should reach out to majority white schools in the Houston-area to send marching bands. Majority white schools in the Houston-area should contact parade organizers about sending marching bands.
3. When floats and marchers from local TV and radio stations pass by in the parade, the crowd should berate these people for the poor and mind-rotting programming that is broadcast.
Houston Channel CW 39 had a float promoting the virtues of education.
Here is a link to the programming schedule on the CW 39.
The crowd should have yanked that float off the street.
4. I missed the first few minutes of the parade so maybe I have this wrong, but I did not see any marchers representing the Harris County Democratic Party.
5. This is my most important point–Martin Luther King would have wanted honor roll students and debate club students marching instead of ROTC kids. Every year there are many ROTC marchers twirling around fake rifles at the King parade.
This is not consistent with the life and work of Martin Luther King.
If, as one example among many schools in the parade, the Barbara Jordan High School for Careers felt it just had to send an ROTC contingent, could they have not also sent the honor roll or straight-A students as well?
Is what I saw at the parade what the great Congresswoman Barbara Jordan would have wanted?
It would just take the application of a little bit of imagination for these schools to honor Dr. King more appropriately.