I believe Martin Luther King would have been sad to see young people marching as if off to war at a parade in his honor. This picture is from the MLK parade in Houston last week.
These are young people involved with the R.O.T.C. I have no problem with kids trying to do well in a tough world.
But can’t we imagine and create a more hopeful society? I did not see marching groups of academic or vocational standouts at this parade.
It would just take a little thought and action to offer something better for our people and for ourselves.
Here is my Martin Luther King Reading & Reference List.
Houston 2013 Martin Luther King Day Events—Let’s Have The Honor Roll March With Books In Hand Instead Of The ROTC With Rifles
Martin Luther King Day for 2013 will be Monday, January 21 2013.
(Above–A picture I took at an MLK parade in Houston in 2011.)
What 2013 Martin Luther King Day events will be taking place in the Houston area?
Here are some listings—-
The big parade will be the Martin Luther King Grande Parade which begins at 10 AM on King Day.
Here is how the parade route is described on the web site— Originate In Mid-Town @ San Jacinto St & Elgin Street N/B On San Jacinto To Webster St.
There are two King parades in Houston each year. The folks who organize the parades have long been in a dispute that reflects no credit on anybody. The parade I have linked to above is the larger of the two parades and is the one I go to each year.
While this is the best of the two King parades, a yearly disappointment is the participation of school ROTC groups displaying fake rifles at the parade. I have no problem with the young people who take part in the ROTC. But the fact is that King hated war and would have been sad to see young people with weapons—fake or otherwise—at a parade in his honor. It would just take some imagination and new thought to have honor roll and other academic and vocational standouts march in the parade instead of young people brandishing arms in celebration of a man of peace.
Another event in Houston that will mark King Day will be held at noon at the Children’s Museum of Houston.
There will be a Peace Day rally at the Children’s Museum along with a choir, oratorical events and other activities.
Houston radio station KROI has a list of King events for Martin Luther King Day weekend. They list the other King parade which also begins at 10 AM. That they don’t list both parades is maybe evidence of the ongoing contention between the parade organizers. Also frustrating is that both of these parades begin at 10 AM. Why not have them at different times for people who would like to see both events?
Here is a King Weekend event at Rice University—
“The Rice Black Student Association will hold its annual candlelight vigil and program Jan. 20. The outdoor vigil will begin at 7 p.m. in Rice Memorial Center’s Ray Courtyard, followed by a program at Rice Memorial Chapel.”
The Houston Public Library will having events marking King Day.
Here is an event taking place in Galveston on Sunday, January 20—
“Galveston Historical Foundation’s African American Heritage Committee and Old Central Cultural Center, Inc. will honor winners of their annual essay contest at 3 p.m., Sunday, January 20th at Old Central Community Center, 2627 Avenue M. The event is free and open to the public with a complimentary lunch provided to attendees by Clary’”
Here is my 2013 Martin Luther King Reading & Reference List. It is the best such resource on the web.
If there are events in the Houston area that I have missed, please leave a comment and I’ll be happy to add them to this list.
When and where is the 2011 Martin Luther King Day Parade in Houston, Texas?
The 2011 Martin Luther King Day Parade for Houston will be held on Monday January 17, 2011 beginning at 10:00 AM. The parade will go up and down Allen Parkway.
It is good to go to this parade. I will be at the parade.
What would also be good would be if the high schools that take part in the parade would send the honor roll students,the debate club, and student government leaders instead of just the ROTC students.
There are always many ROTC troops at the parade. What would Rev. King have thought of young people parading about with fake rifles on a day to remember a disciple of Gandhi?
I’ve got nothing against the kids in ROTC. They are doing what they feel they need to do.
Still–Don’t we have teachers and principals in these schools who get the real idea of what Dr. King was trying to do with his life?
To help folks learn about the life of Dr. King, I put together an annual Martin Luther King Reading & Reference List. It is the best such reference on the web.
Don’t let your admiration of Dr. King end with just attendance at a parade. Learn about the man and take action yourself for a more just society.
Here is my 2011 King Reference list– Continue reading