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Martin Luther King Jr. events planned in area

By BY KELDY ORTIZ - KORTIZ@VICAD.COM
Jan. 17, 2013 at 8:02 p.m.
Updated Jan. 17, 2013 at 7:18 p.m.


IF YOU GO:

Cuero:

• WHERE: Parking lot at Henry's Bar on West Main Street

• WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday with parade from Henry's Bar to the Mount Zion Association 210 Nash St. Festival starts after parade and lasts until 5 p.m.

Refugio:

• WHERE: 613 Commerce St. (In front of City Hall) to Union Baptist Church 310 E. King St.

• WHEN: 10 a.m. Monday

Port Lavaca:

• WHERE: 811 S. Virginia St. (In front of St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church) From there, buses will transport people to Broadway Street and will march from there to St. Joseph. Program will commence after the march, which will have various speakers from around the area.

• WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday

Victoria:

• WHERE: 1604 E. Crestwood Drive (In front of Victory Christian Life Center) where does it go to Our Savior's Lutheran Church 4102 N. Ben Jordan St. Various speakers, gospel groups will be presented at Lutheran church.

• WHEN: 10 a.m. Monday

Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be celebrated in the Crossroads with marches, parade and festivals.

While the events are all separate entities, the point of the organized events will be to symbolize what King stood for as a leader.

Earlene Hamilton, chairman of the Port Lavaca event, hopes the celebration of what King stood for will be remembered during the weekend events.

"Maybe some people can learn from the life he lived, and people will stop and think about what they do," Hamilton said. "We feel like people are forgetting what he did."

In Port Lavaca, members of the community will march to St. Joseph Missionary in King's honor Saturday. There, the Rev. Michael Newton will give a speech to reflect on the life of King.

Also on Saturday, in Cuero, a parade and festival will take place where suggestions are open as to the means of marching through the parade, be it walking or horseback.

On Monday, marches will be in Victoria and Refugio.

"We're keeping his dream alive," said Dorothy Cunningham, program coordinator for the Victoria event. "We'll be looking forward to seeing people of all colors come together."

Cunningham said she looks forward to this event as middle-aged and young people come out and learn what King stood for.

"The purpose of what Martin Luther King was really trying to portray the peacefulness and togetherness," she said.

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