Dreaming it into reality; 4th annual MLK Jr. March draws support from city

Nancee Rush, a New Braunfels local, holds a poster painted with "I have a dream." Rush was one of the approximately 800 people who marched in New Braunfels' 4th Annual MLK March in 2019. LINDSEY CARNETT | Herald-Zeitung 

 

Henry Ford once said, “If we don’t tell our children our history it will surely die, because there won’t be anyone to tell it to them.”

That was one of the reasons Ford and others established the city’s first march honoring the late civil rights crusader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose 93rd birthday is Saturday. The seventh annual MLK, Jr. March, which begins at 10 a.m. Monday in downtown New Braunfels, will be the first without Ford, who passed away at age 73 on Jan. 2.

Ford will be commemorated with an award renamed in his honor, the Henry E. Ford MLK Achievement Award. Formerly the MLK Achievement Award, it now honors Ford, who served as MLK Association vice president since its founding in 2015.

Organizers expect between 1,500 and 2,000 attendees to link arms, sing songs and recall the legacy of King in a non-partisan, non-political, family-friendly celebration honoring the life and legacy of the minister who launched the modern civil rights movement in the mid-1950s.

Before his death by an assassin’s bullet at 39 in 1968, he fought to see people of all races have the right to vote, equal housing, job opportunity, fair pay and social equality.

Organizers said cite this year’s march will see significant changes due to COVID-19. Attendees are encouraged to wear surgical-quality masks and maintain social-distancing and food and beverages will not be served.

All activities will be held outdoors. As usual, the march will begin at Prince Solms Park but instead of ending in a ceremony at New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center, ends downtown at Main Plaza.

Marchers are asked to gather at 9:45 a.m. at Prince Solms Park, with step-off promptly at 10 a.m. Featured this year at the Main Plaza bandstand will be keynote speaker Cary Clack, longtime San Antonio Express-News columnist, with musical selections performed by local band Soul Sessions.

President Bishop Michael Franklin, MLK board president and co-founder, will present the annual Henry E. Ford MLK Achievement Award to the family of the late Lucille Garcia, who was known for her many civic contributions to the community. The ceremony also includes remarks by Oakwood Church Pastor Ray Still and New Braunfels Mayor Rusty Brockman.

Speakers and musicians will perform from the Main Plaza bandstand. Participants are encouraged to bring folding chairs for those who cannot remain standing for long periods.

Portions of San Antonio Street will close to traffic at 9:30 a.m., with “Road Closed” barricades at intersections along the route. All streets will reopen by 11:30 a.m.

For more, contact Franklin at bishopmdf@gmail.com and 330-518-3543; Gloria Ford, MLK board member and co-founder and widow of Henry E. Ford at glori_dean4717@yahoo.com and 830-214-4483, and Kathleen Krueger, board secretary and association co-founder at KathleenTKrueger@gmail.com and 830-832-7615.

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(8) comments

STEVEN DIGGES

“The white conservatives aren't friends of the Negro either, but they at least don't try to hide it. They are like wolves; they show their teeth in a snarl that keeps the Negro always aware of where he stands with them. But the white liberals are foxes, who also show their teeth to the Negro but pretend that they are smiling. The white liberals are more dangerous than the conservatives; they lure the Negro, and as the Negro runs from the growling wolf, he flees into the open jaws of the "smiling" fox.”

― Malcom X

Brian Shelton

Does nobody know he was a Adulterer and a rapist

Jim Sohan

Steven: Claiming Dr King was a Republican is disingenuous, if not outright false. While it is possible he registered as a Republican in the 1950’s, there has never been any proof of such. No voter registration rolls have ever been uncovered showing him as a registered Republican, but again, based on his family history it is a possibility. It can be argued that even if he was a registered Republican in the 1950s, he would have no longer considered himself a Republican in the 1960s due to the party’s lack of support for Civil Rights. Dr King in the 1960s himself stated he was not affiliated with either party, feeling both would attempt to use him for their own political gains.

STEVEN DIGGES

Understood, but I think it is disingenuous to claim that Republicans have an issue with MLK and that it makes them uncomfortable. Their claim falls against everything that MLK stood for.

STEVEN DIGGES

@Etgan Cochran. MLK was a Republican. Your argument just ran out of steam.

Ethan Cochran

Love to see it, hopefully makes all the racist republicans uncomfortable.

Jim Sohan

Yes, yes, yes Richard! Let’s remember the 7th of March 1965, aka Selma’s “Bloody Sunday”, when John Lewis led 600 peaceful marchers across the Edmund Pettus Bridge only to be viciously attacked by State Troopers! Yes, let’s remember!

Richard Johnson

OK, I get it. The march supports his "ideals" not the real actions and violent results of his protests from his supporters.. So, march and celebrate his "Ideals", but remember the full history and the negatives as well, so as not to repeat them. Live up to the "I have a dream." speech.

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