Many of us will have an extra day off this weekend to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
There are several events planned for the holiday in Hunt County.
All federal, state, Hunt County, and City of Greenville offices will be closed on Monday, as will the Greenville ISD, and most banks will also be closed for a federal holiday. Greenville Herald-Banners the business office will also be closed.
Here is a list of events taking place on Monday.
The Greenville Dr. Martin Luther King Day Parade is scheduled for Monday in collaboration with the Greenville Ministerial Alliance, the Greenville affiliate of the NAACP, and the Greenville Corporation for Cultural Diversity.
The ‘Connecting Generations’ themed parade gathers at 10:00 am to line up at Bethlehem Baptist Church and will start at 11:00 am, bypass the farmers’ market and complete the parade back to the church.
At noon, a ceremony in honor of the king will be held at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 4707 Washington St. The ceremony will also be dedicated to Grand Marshal Betty Franklin and Junior Grand Marshal Cheston Henry. Awards will be given for the best floats in the parade.
The 13th Annual MLK Awards, sponsored by the Hunt County African American Leadership Conference, is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Sunday, January 15 at Mount Moriah Baptist Church, 202 Champion Lane in Commerce.
The keynote speaker for the free event will be Dr. Cephas Archie, vice president of integration at Texas A&M University.
The 2023 Laureates are Dvala Thompson, Dr. Dimitra Smith, Dr. Martha Mercado-Sierra, Miaya Love, Sarah Stillwell, James Wilkins, Amanda St. Germain-Ser, Samantha Culbertson, Pastor C.P. Courtney, Damien Franklin, Keyston Champion, Chiquita Wilburn. , Pastor Roy Gaffney, Christian Henry, Valerie Reina, Madiha Ashraf, Dr. James Devlin, Sejal Bhasin, Deborah Parra, Lance Neal, Denise Neal, Tony Henry, Stan McKee, Jeremy Dicken, Wyman Williams, Gerald Woodberry, Lisa Flores Tisdale, Anthony Rigueroa, Elaine Hathaway, Latown White Brown, Project 1619, Tori Johnson, Sharri Sheets, Christian Standifer, Carlondra Smith, Rocío Lopez, Randy Starks, Lataria “Birdie” Harris, Garon Bergin, Jason Stephenson, Sarah Alderman and John Walker
The Texas A&M University Cross-Cultural Engagement and Leadership Group is also hosting a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration beginning Monday afternoon at Rayburn Student Center, Conference Room A&B, 2200 W. Neal St. For more information, contact Jay Guillory at 903.-468-3042 or email [email protected]
King, a key civil rights leader and founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, was assassinated in Memphis in 1968. Since 1986, the third Monday in January has been celebrated as a federal holiday in honor of King.
For more than a decade, the stretch of Interstate 30 through Greenville has been named after King.
In May 2010, signs were unveiled at both ends of the Greenville city limits officially renaming a section of the Interstate as the Martin Luther King Jr. Freeway.