Groups duel over Houston’s two Martin Luther King Jr. Day parades

Rare | 1/9/2018 | Gerald Hanks
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On a cold , rainy day in January 1978, Houston became the first city to hold a parade to honor the legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The parade occurred more than five years before King’s birthday would be commemorated as a federal holiday on the third Monday in January.

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In 1995, nearly 20 years after that first parade, Houston also became the first city to host competing parades on the same day to mark the occasion.

This year, the Black Heritage Society of Houston will reportedly host its 40th Annual “Original” MLK, Jr. Parade & Holiday Celebration, while the MLK Parade Foundation will hold its 24th Annual MLK Grande Parade on the same day.

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So the question remains: why two parades?

At one time, the decision on which group would host the city’s official MLK Day parade would come down to a...
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