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A succession of special events celebrating the legacies of President Lyndon Baines Johnson and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is underway in San Marcos. Coming up next: 

January 17th, 2014
Week-long series celebrates Civil Rights champions

Artist Aaron Hussey displays an element of the LBJ-MLK Crossroads Memorial, engraved in multiple languages with “To Stand for Another’s Freedom is to Free Yourself.” The sculpture will be installed starting Saturday and formally dedicated on Monday. PHOTO by TREY HATT


Opening of “Engaging Your Dreams” Exhibition: The installation at the community Walker’s Gallery at the activity center includes photographs of King and Johnson. Sponsored by the San Marcos Area Arts Council and the San Marcos Arts Commission.

calendarWhen: Gallery opened until 8 p.m. Jan. 18
Where: San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins St.


Honoring Civil Rights Trailblazers: Public reception at the San Marcos Activity Center honoring President Johnson and Dr. King and local Civil Rights trailblazers, sponsored by the city of San Marcos. Special guests include U.S. Rep Lloyd Doggett, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Nick Kotz and local activists. Mayor Daniel Guerrero will present medallions to 73 honorees or their family members.

calendarWhen: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 19
Where: San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins St.


Annual MLK Day Observance: The festivities begin with speeches and proclamations on the steps of the Old Hays County Courthouse in downtown San Marcos. Keynote speaker is Pamela Sattiewhite, who holds a doctorate in ministry from the United Theological Seminary and whose family has lived in San Marcos’ Dunbar neighborhood for decades. Sponsored by the Dunbar Heritage Association.

LBJ-MLK Crossroads Memorial Dedication Ceremony: Dedication of the sculpture by Louisiana artist Aaron Hussey that commemorates the historic collaboration of President Johnson and Dr. King to forge Civil Rights legislation 50 years ago. Special guests include Aaron Hussey and Luci Johnson, President Johnson’s daughter.

March to Dunbar Center for Peace Pie Social: Following the dedication, participants will march to Dunbar Center, 801 MLK Drive, for a Peace Pie Social sponsored by local churches and Centro Hispano Cultural de San Marcos.

calendarWhen: Starts 10 a.m. Jan. 20
Where: The Square, Downtown San Marcos


Nick Kotz Reading: The Pulitzer Prize-winning author will read from his book “Judgment Days: LBJ and MLK and the Laws that Changed America.” Sponsored by the Departments of History and Political Science, Undergraduate Academic Services Endowment and Honors College at Texas State University.

calendarWhen: 5:30 p.m. Jan. 21
Where: 101 Taylor-Murphy Hall, Texas State University.


Nick Kotz Reading: The author will read from “The Harness Maker’s Dream” in conjunction with the “Engaging Your Dreams” exhibition. Sponsored by the San Marcos Area Arts Council and the San Marcos Arts Commission.

calendarWhen: 4:30 p.m. Jan. 22
Where: San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins St.


MLK March: The procession starts at Texas State University’s Old Main and ends at the LBJ Student Center Ballroom for a program themed “Freedom: A State of Mind.” Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Texas State University.

calendarWhen: 6:15 p.m. Jan. 23
Where: The Quad, Texas State University

CORRECTION: The Trailblazers event on Jan. 19 starts at 6:30 p.m., not 6 p.m.

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  1. I heard the Dunbar Heritage Associations’ MLK March went really well today. It sounds like the collaboration with the Crossroads Committee has been a great connection. The only sad negative I heard was that the speaker, Pamela Sattiewhite, failed to give props to DHA, who has orchestrated the MLK March for more than 10 years. Harvey Miller has been very consistent in sharing history with the San Marcos community. He should always be acknowledged for his tireless efforts to give to those around him.

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