“If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.
These were the words that opened the Annual Martin Luther King Holiday Celebration, sponsored by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Corpus Christi Alumnae Chapter, held on Monday, Jan. 20 at the Nueces County Courthouse.
Hundreds upon hundreds, upwards to a thousand, people gathered at the courthouse to commemorate the life and wisdom of Martin Luther King. Stephenie Rhodes, of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, greeted the masses, followed by an Invocation by Pastor Don Leavell of the Corpus Christian Fellowship Church. Judge Loyd Neal read out loud a resolution declaring Jan. 20, officially, as Martin Luther King Holiday Celebration in Nueces County. Pastor Linda Baumheckel, delivering the Reflection, then asked everyone to "let freedom reign!"
At approximately 12:25 p.m., the crowds began to file out of the courthouse following the Honor Guard and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Women, down adjoining streets, and headed toward the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd.
Groups carrying banners, and letters that spelled out "We Believe" congregated on the streets, and chanted songs, walked, talked, remembered - all in the name of the man that inspired a generation, and countless generations to come - Martin Luther King, Jr.