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January 16th, 2009
San Marcos to honor MLK birthday

STAFF REPORT

A variety of local organizations will join forces Monday to help observe the birthday of Martin Luther King next Monday, Jan. 19.

Local officials have pointed out that King’s birthday is especially resonant this year because, one day later, Barack Obama will be sworn in as the nation’s first African-American President.

The day also will take on added significance locally because Hays County and the City of San Marcos are joining forces with other local entities, including Texas State University and the Calaboose Museum, to mark the intersection of MLK and LBJ Drives. The streets are named after King and Lyndon Baines Johnson, the Texas State alumnus who passed key civil rights legislation as U.S. President from 1963-1969.

Starting at 10 a.m. Monday, the Dunbar Heritage Association is sponsoring a program on the steps of the Hays County Courthouse to honor King. The program will end with a walk south on LBJ Drive to its intersection with MLK Drive, where City of San Marcos and Hays County officials will unveil a sign for a future memorial to commemorate King and Johnson.

The city and county recently approved an agreement establishing the site for the new memorial. It is the only known crossroads in Texas of streets honoring King and Johnson. The walk will then continue to Dunbar Center at 801 MLK Drive.

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