MON, JAN 21, '13
(Starting at Minute Maid Park)
The Black Heritage Society (BHS) endeavors to keep Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream alive, forever, and proudly announces its 35th Annual “Original” MLK Birthday Parade and Holiday Celebration. More importantly, after more than 32 years, the BHS and its trusted partners (City of Houston, Metropolitan Transit Authority and Community Neighborhoods) will engage in an historical ground breaking ceremony dedicating the “Martin Luther King, Jr. Statue & Memorial Plaza” inside of Houston’s MacGregor Park.
The BHS is the organization that held the first MLK Birthday Parade in America on January 21, 1978. What is believed to have been one of the coldest days ever recorded in the city of Houston, and to kickoff this wonderful day of celebration, the BHS along with the City of Houston and other members of the community welcomed Dr. King’s father, the Reverend Martin Luther “Daddy” King, Sr. as the festivities “Keynote” speaker at a capacity filled MacGregor Park Community Center located in southeast Houston. Filled with an array of state and local dignitaries, clergies and community leaders, Dr. King’s father thanked the BHS and the City of Houston to then commission the first parade, serve as the parade’s first grand marshal, and christen the street change from the name of South Park Boulevard to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.
On September 19, 1980, then Mayor Jim McConn and the full City Council approved Houston Motion No. 80-265, which designated the present and future site (MacGregor Park) that would cause a statue to be erected in honor of the slain civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Now, some 32 years later, and in conjunction with the City of Houston, Metropolitan Transit Authority and the many leaders and members of our beloved Houston Community, the BHS is proud to announce the construction of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Statue and Park Plaza which is to be located in MacGregor Park and scheduled to be completed before the summer of 2013.