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Turner Announces Support for MLK Parade
by Garrett Bryce w/photos courtesy City of Houston
Thursday, July 12, 2018

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, in a news conference today, announced the city's official support for the Black Heritage Society's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade and Celebration.

The 41st annual parade takes place on January 21, 2019, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and is one of two parades celebrating King in Houston.

“People wanted to see the unity, wanted to see one, especially on that special day, on that Monday,” Turner said, stating that he wanted to end the divided parades. Listen (23:16)

He asked the city to stand with him in supporting his selection, the parade put on by the Black Heritage Society.

“Far too long people have been asked to divide their time, their energy, their loyalty, between two parades while the city sits on the sideline,” Turner said.

Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis applauded Turner's decision.

“If you really respect Martin Luther King, don't just celebrate on the day of the parade,” Ellis said.

Other speakers included Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Dr. Laura Murillo, METRO Chair Carrin Patman, and Black Heritage Society Executive Director Sylvester Brown also spoke during the news conference.

Turner noted that the city would “not take over” the parade, but provide technical support for the event. He also said he was in talks with the organizers of the second parade.

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