Old Landmark Committee to host march honoring MLK

Gabriella Canales By Gabriella Canales

Jan. 10, 2017 at 10:48 p.m.
Updated Jan. 11, 2017 at 6 a.m.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., right, sits with Curtis Graves during a 1967 news conference.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., right, sits with Curtis Graves during a 1967 news conference.   Photo contributed by Victoria College for The Victoria Advocate

The praises of Martin Luther King Jr. will soon ring through downtown Victoria.

"We are honoring him and letting him know we appreciate what he's done and how we came up," said Verlinn Sandra Avery, Old Landmark Committee president.

The Old Landmark Committee is hosting its Martin Luther King Jr. Day march Monday.

The march is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., depending on the weather. The procession will begin at West Church and North Main streets near St. Mary's Catholic Church and the downtown U.S. Post Office.

The march will conclude at Webster Chapel United Methodist Church at South Wheeler and East Convent streets.

Participants are encouraged to stay at the chapel for speakers, singing, dancing and prayer, Avery said.

The church plans to serve food, Avery said. The Rev. Zettie F. Woodson is church pastor.

People of all races and ethnicities are welcome to participate, Avery said.

The committee created the Martin Luther King Jr. march for people to honor and appreciate his accomplishments.

Avery also wants youth to gain awareness on the civil rights movement.

"This is so that they can step up and take over where we can't," Avery said.

The march has taken place for about 20 years and has continued to grow.

"You learn something new everyday," she said. "Instead of hearing youth say they heard something, let them experience and be a part of something positive."

Avery hopes to inspire future generations through her efforts, she said.

"We are making it easier for our kids by showing how we motivate each other," she said. "As long as I'm here and alive, I want to be here for the children."


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