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January 17th, 2010
San Marcos schedules events for MLK Day

011610MLKMonday is Martin Luther King Day.

STAFF REPORT

Martin Luther King Day will be recognized in San Marcos with a series of events starting at 11 a.m. Monday on the steps of the Hays County Courthouse.

The morning courthouse program will feature proclamations by San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz and Hays County Judge Liz Sumter.  The event will include a reading of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and musical selections by the Anointed Voices Choir. Singer Chris Williams will perform the national anthem (“The Star Spangled Banner’) and the black national anthem (“Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing”).

Participants will then walk the two block to the intersection of LBJ Drive and MLK Drive, the only intersection in the state of Texas that commemorates the civil rights proponents King and the late former President Lyndon Baines Johnson, a Texas State graduate. There, Narvaiz and Sumter will sign a joint agreement between the city and the county as a step in building a monument to King and Johnson at that location.

The march will then go to the Calaboose African American History Museum, where the city clerk’s office will provide water and the museum’s traveling trunk of historic artifacts will be on exhibit.

Continuing the walk, participants will then travel to the Dunbar Center (801 MLK Drive) for a reception, where table exhibits will be provided by the Complete Count Census Committee and the Hill Country National Association for the Advancement of Colored Persons (NAACP), among others.

Johnson, Texas State’s most famous alumnus, signed the 1965 Civil Rights Act. The LBJ Museum of San Marcos, 331 North Guadalupe Street, will be open on MLK Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in honor of King and the man known as the “civil rights President”.

Event participants may park at the Dunbar Center in the morning, then pool to the courthouse in vans provided by First Baptist Church and the Pentecostal Temple of God in Christ

All public offices, including the city, county and the San Marcos CISD, will be closed for the federal holiday.

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