Thursday, January 16, 2014

East Texas to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day

John Davin plays the tambourine during a 
Martin Luther King Jr. memorial service, on Monday January 21, 2013, at 
Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church . (Michael Cavazos/News-Journal Photo)
Richard Yeakley ryeakley@news-journal.com
View article at Longview News Journal website.

The Broughton Recreation Center will be the hub of Martin Luther King Jr. events this weekend.

While Monday is the official holiday celebrating the birth of civil rights leader, a large parade and subsequent festival will be Saturday.

“As far as celebrating the holiday for Dr. King, he meant so much to our nation and he changed our nation. Not so much by what he said, but what he did,” said Charles Wilson, president of the NAACP in Marshall.


The parade will move from Ryder Street to the Broughton Recreation Center at 801 MLK Jr. Blvd., where the festival will be held. The festival includes the presentation of essay and art contest winners along with food, vendors, music and children’s activities.

Monday, a memorial march will leave from the center. Lamar Jones, chairman of Longview’s MLK events, said anyone who wants to participate can call (903) 445-3729.

An annual Table of Brotherhood Breakfast, which will be held at 8 a.m. Monday at Johnny Cace’s Seafood & Steak House, will this year honor the memory of Gerard Case.

“It is totally open, and we want people to bring a brother to the table,” said organizer Micky Mapes.

“We are going to give a little plaque to (Cace’s) wife and family. We are just thanking them for opening the door for the Table of Brotherhood.”

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