On MLK Day, UTRGV students join Edinburg Juneteenth Committee to clean historic cemetery
EDINBURG — Despite the overnight freezing temperatures, volunteers and city officials worked together on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to clean Restlawn Cemetery in what some would consider perfect outdoor weather. Bishop Michael Smith opened the program with a prayer and a few words about MLK Day at 8 a.m.“We thank you, God, for everybody that is participating to beautify this cemetery,” Smith said. “Bless the hands that are working out here, bless everybody that is participating.”Smith’s wife, Sharon Smith, said the Juneteenth Committee decided on cleaning up Restlawn Cemetery as a way to celebrate MLK Day during one of their monthly meetings. Cortina-Matos was looking to get students involved in a community service project, which coincided with Walker-Hernandez’s idea of cleaning up the cemetery. In the 1920s, Dora Walker, who worked as a cook for a board member for Hillcrest Cemetery, which is located next to what today is Restlawn Cemetery, asked her boss if there was a lot where they could bury the dead.myrgv.com
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, other community leaders join with Martin Luther King III on voting rights march
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is joining the call of Martin Luther King III to hold a speak-out and community wide march to demand the passage now of the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Robert Lewis Voter Enhancement Act.
Brace yourself South Florida; ‘Wheels Up, Guns Down’ road mayhem is coming, and officers are ready
Monday won’t be all picnics and parades. While many workers across the region have a day off for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, law enforcement officers will be out in full force. For reasons that still are not that clear, on MLK Day, South Florida roads, even the interstate, morph into a into giant free-for-all. It’s a daredevil’s playground with hundreds of people on dirt bikes and ...news.yahoo.com
Houston’s Black Heritage Society celebrates Dr. King on MLK Day 2021
HOUSTON – The Black Heritage Society continues to honor Dr. King and practice safety by hosting it’s 43rd annual MLK Day parade virtually. The Virtual 43rd Annual “Original” Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade takes place online, a drive-thru donation drop-off site will be staged at MacGregor Park. The society is inspired to teach and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the weekend of the federal holiday occurring on the third Monday of each January with a commemorative parade and celebratory festive community activities throughout the weekend. Not only did his Dr. King’s father commission the organization to conduct the very first MLK Day Parade in the nation, Dr. King’s father also served as our parade’s first-ever grand marshal. In addition to the annual parade, the organization host a variety of educational, community, and celebratory events all year long to honor one of our nation’s most revered civil rights leader.
Lucille’s 1913 to hold MLK Day food drives in Fort Bend, Fifth Ward
Lucille’s 1913, a non-profit run by Lucille’s chef-owner Chris Williams, will donate thousands of meals at food drives in Fort Bend County and Houston’s Fifth Ward on Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, according to a release. At 11 a.m., Lucille’s 1913 will host two Food Distribution Drives in partnership with Fort Bend County. At 2 p.m., Lucille’s 1913 will distribute an additional 1,000 meals at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church, located at 1510 Pannell St. in Houston’s Fifth Ward. Those who wish to pick up a meal at the Fifth Ward food drive must register and reserve their meal in advance on Eventbrite. Williams founded Lucille’s 1913 last year in response to the emerging coronavirus pandemic.
LIST: Opportunities to serve the Houston area on MLK Day
HOUSTON – In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, organizations across Houston are using the holiday to further his legacy through acts of service throughout the community. Martin Luther King Jr. Day -- observed each year on the third Monday in January -- is recognized as a day of service, according to the AmeriCorps. Here are opportunities to get involved in the Houston area:MLK Day of Service at Houston Food BankWhen: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, January 18Where: Houston Food Bank at 535 Portwall St. Details: Houston Food Bank will gather non-perishable donations to include in Backpack Buddy sacks for food-insecure schoolchildren. Martin Luther King Day of ServiceOrganizer: Villanova University Club of HoustonDetails: Participate in a virtual food-drive by purchasing items from Houston Food Bank’s Amazon wishlist.
This Week in Houston Food Events: A Beer-Fueled One Pot Showdown
All paired with hearty French wines, the dinner features warm, goat cheese salad, French stuffed cabbage, leg of lamb with garlic and mulled wine mousse. Balcones Distillery Dinner at Peli Peli WoodlandsChef Ryan Stewart and his team at Peli Peli Woodlands, 1201 Lake Woodlands, will prepare a South African-inspired four-course menu to pair with sips from Texas Whisky favorite, Balcones Distillery. The special dinner runs from 7 to 9 p.m. for $99 per person; and there are only 50 seats available. Roegels Barbecue will be doing a Texas Ta"que"ro takeover at Superica, offering whole hog tacos. Sunday, January 26Saint Arnold One Pot Showdown at Saint Arnold BreweryTasking competitors with creating the best one pot dish using Saint Arnold beer, the The Saint Arnold One Pot Showdown takes place at Saint Arnold Brewery, 2000 Lyons, from 1 to 4 p.m.houstonpress.com
Chilly Monday morning! Winter has returned to Texas this week
HOUSTON – The cold front has moved through and winter weather is back for at least a few days as we head into a new work week. Chilly starts for much of the week, in the 30s and low 40s. Thursday forecastThere’s still time to watch this trend so stay tuned to the forecast this week! 10-day forecastThe 10-day forecast shows that winter temperatures are back for the most part and so is sunshine for most days. After last week of rain and fog, I’m guessing no one will complain.
George Foreman named grand marshal for citys MLK Day parade
George Foreman named grand marshal for citys MLK Day paradeBoxing great George Foreman will serve as grand marshal for Houstons annual MLK parade on Jan. 20, 2020 Boxing great George Foreman will serve as grand marshal for Houstons annual MLK parade on Jan. 20, 2020 Photo: Courtesy Photo / Courtesy Photo Photo: Courtesy Photo / Courtesy Photo Image 1 of / 5 Caption Close George Foreman named grand marshal for citys MLK Day parade 1 / 5 Back to GalleryGeorge Foreman, an Olympic gold medalist and a two-time heavyweight boxing champion, has been named the grand marshal for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Houston, according to a news release from the mayors office. As a Texas native, and having grown up right here in Houston, its an honor and privilege to be named the Grand Marshal of The Original MLK Day Parade, Foreman said, according to the news release. He also spearheaded the George Foreman Youth and Community Center, which has provided for the citys unprivileged kids for more than 30 years, the release said. Foreman, a married father of 12, retired from boxing for good in 1997 and became an entrepreneur, lending his name to the popular George Foreman Grill. We could not think of a better Grand Marshal for this historic event.The citys Martin Luther King Jr. parade was the first parade held in the country to honor the civil rights icon, the release said.chron.com