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North Texas Honors Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan 20, 2014 09:25AM ● By Anonymous
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others,'" questioned Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In honor of the civil rights icon, Dallas-Fort Worth is commemorating Rev. King's triumph for equality. 

Organizations and individuals from Southern Methodist University will participate in the Dallas parade, and then will then join in commemorative activities and projects that will continue through Jan. 23. 

At 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, the 28th annual Elite News King parade and Festival begins at MLK Boulevard and Lamar St., which will end at Fair Park. Following the parade, a free festival will take place at the Tower Building. 

Additionally, the African American Pastors Coalition will host its 19th annual MLK celebration, which will feature speakers and honorees. The event will begin at 11 a.m. at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 1819 N. Washington St., Dallas. 

This evening, broadcast journalist and culture reviewer Touré will lead a discussion at the 9th annual King Symposium, which is sponsored by the Dallas Institute. The event will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Dallas City Performance Hall, located at 2520 Flora St., Dallas. Tickets are $20, $10 for teachers and free for students. 

Did you know that there are 2.4 million African American military veterans in the US as of 2012?

Additionally, more than 83% of African Americans 25 years old and older have a high school diploma or higher. 

Furthermore, 17.8 million African Americans voted in the 2012 presidential elections, up 1.7 million voters from the 2008 election, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is a critical factor for such impressive statistics due to his courage and drive to pave the way for a better future.