King parade

Members of the True Vine Baptist Church in Greenville hosted a float in the 2018 Martin Luther King Day parade and the church will host a program in King’s honor on January 20.

Multiple events are scheduled in Greenville this month to honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Many people will also have a three-day weekend ahead to celebrate the Dr. Martin Luther King Day holiday.

• The Corporation for Cultural Diversity is hosting a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Greenville on the morning of January 18.

The line-up will be at 9 a.m. that morning at Market Square and the parade will start at 10 a.m.and proceed west on Lee Street, then east on Washington Street back to the starting point.

There is no entry fee to participate in the parade and all floats, marching groups or vehicles are welcomed to enter the procession.

Roz Lane has been named as grand marshal. Lane was a long time real estate professional in Greenville, who retired in 2018, and who also served on several boards and commissions, including the Greenville Board of Development and also was named as the 2012 Greenville Worthy Citizen.

Those seeking information about the parade can contact Berniece Reeves-Brown at 903-259-4151 or Dan Perkins at 903-454-6688.

• The Greenville Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance will walk in the parade, and then also join with the NAACP Greenville Branch to host a parade and special service on Monday, January 20 with theme of “We’re Better Together.”

The parade/march begins at noon at the Reecy Davis Sr. Recreation Center,. 4320 Lee Street, then will proceed east on Lee Street to King Street, then continue to the True Vine Baptist Church, 3005 King, where the celebration service featuring music groups and inspirational speakers will take place.

King, a civil rights leader and the creator of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, was slain in 1968. Since 1986, the third Monday in January has been observed as a federal holiday in King’s honor.

Signs were unveiled in June 2010 to officially rename the stretch of Interstate 30 after the Greenville City Council entered into an advance funding agreement with TxDOT for signs identifying the highway in King’s honor.

In November 2008 the council voted to reaffirm a 13-year-old resolution as the first step in obtaining official state highway signs to name the highway for King. The next move was to have State Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van) and then-State Sen. Bob Deuell (R-Greenville) to file bills with Texas Legislature.

In July 1995, the council originally passed a resolution to name Interstate 30 in Greenville in King’s honor. The distinction had been sought by then-Council member Hattie Tennison.

The move was in response from a request by a group of local residents, who in November, 1993 had sought to have Lee Street named for King, only to meet with protests from other Greenville residents who wanted the downtown thoroughfare to stay named for the Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

All federal, State of Texas, Hunt County and City of Greenville offices will be closed January 20, as will the offices of the Herald-Banner and the Greenville Independent School District. Most banks will also be closed for the federal holiday.

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