Community to honor Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy

Ismael Perez By Ismael Perez

Jan. 11, 2018 at 9:57 p.m.
Updated Jan. 12, 2018 at 6 a.m.

   MCT GRAPHIC for The Victoria Advocate

The influence of an American activist who lived almost 50 years ago will be remembered by Victoria residents as they reflect on his life through downtown Victoria.

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which the Old Landmark Committee wants to use to encourage to get involved in their heritage.

"We need to let our children know about their heritage, what went on back then and what we are still going through today," said Sandra Avery, Old Landmark Committee president.

The organization will host its annual Martin Luther King Jr. march at 10 a.m. Monday.

The event 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, where a service will continue.

People of all nationalities and ages are encouraged to attend the march, Avery said.

Members of the Old Landmark Committee will be singing and speaking at the event. Anyone who wants to speak will get the chance to do so.

Other Crossroads communities will also host celebrations.

In Refugio, the Community Cemetery Association of Refugio, Texas, will host its MLK march at 10 a.m. Monday starting at the Union Baptist Church and ending at the Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church in Refugio.

Patty Lewis, a member of the association, said the Refugio High School Student Council will help lead the march.

A trailer will be available for people who want to attend the march but might be disabled or aren't able to march.

Lewis said it's important for the younger generation to remember and continue to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

"We are leaving a legacy for them to follow, like he (King) left a legacy for us to follow," Lewis said.


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