San Marcos and Texas State celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Brianna Chavez, Life and Arts Reporter Jan 16, 2023

Martin Luther King Jr. Day became a federal holiday in 1983, 15 years after the civil rights activist’s assassination. The holiday wasn’t officially celebrated nationwide until three years later in 1986. Since then, those who remember King’s legacy have come together each holiday to celebrate and acknowledge the work that has been accomplished, as well as the work that still needs to be done in order for everyone to be treated equally.

The Dunbar Heritage Association (DHA) hosted its 21st MLK March and Celebration on Jan. 16, as well as an MLK Kids event held at the San Marcos Public Library on Jan. 14. Jonafa Banbury, secretary for the DHA, was excited for the community to celebrate.

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DHA Martin Luther King Jr. 2023 Schedule of Events

MLK Kids Event | Saturday, January 14, 2023 | 10:30 am-12:30 pm | San Marcos Public Library

MLK Freedom Walk & Celebration | Monday, January 16, 2023

  • Wreath-laying & MLK Walk Check-in at 8:45 am | #Resistance DHA MLK T-shirts on sale, $25 each
  • Wreath-laying Ceremony | 9:30 am | Crossroads Memorial at the corner of LBJ & MLK streets
  • MLK Walk begins 10:00 am | We will walk from the Crossroads down MLK to Endicott, Endicott to San Antonio and end at the Historic Hays County Courthouse
  • Program at the Hays County Historic Courthouse 11:00 am (approximately) | 111 E. San Antonio St. San Marcos, TX 78666
  • MLK Reception and Exhibit | 12:00 pm | 801 MLK Dr. San Marcos, TX 78666 | Free food provided by Lil’ Lafayette 337, San Marcos Police Department, and snacks by the Center for Diversity and Gender Studies | Rare collectables and history on display.
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