CORPUS CHRISTI - Many gathered at the Nueces County Courthouse on the afternoon of Jan. 19, 2015 to celebrate and honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. The day was set aside to not only remember his legacy but also show our appreciation for his hard work with a march down the city streets in a symbolic stand against the prejudice.
Dr. King gave his iconic I have a dream speech on August 28, 1963 in Washington D.C. and it was that very speech that would cement his name as a cultural icon.
As local residents and veterans gathered for the afternoons events the veterans band performed under the direction of Director Ram Chavez. The band honored those who had served in the different branches of the military before the ceremonies took place.
The Sorority of Delta Sigma Phi comes together each January to commemorate the life and legacy of King and to remind us all of our independence. Nueces County Judge Samuel Neal Jr. gave opening remarks for the days events and the Sorority Alumni Chapter President was on hand thank Judge Neal for his kind words.
Following the singing of the national anthem Mayor Nelda Martinez gave the days proclamations. “I want to talk about this wonderful organization who for many years have organized this wonderful march,” Martinez said. “This sorority has a hundred year long history of championing humanity, justice, hope, public service, civil rights, but more specifically; women’s rights.”
“This march reminds us of our inter-dependence,” Martinez continued. “God knows we are a lot stronger united, than divided.”
The mayor proclaimed the date of Monday Jan. 19, 2015 as martin Luther King holiday and celebration in Corpus Christi in order to reaffirm that his legacy is still alive.
As the march started members of HEB lined up on the street side by side holding large letters that spelled out “We Believe” in their unity. It was a fitting presentation for the event as Dr. King fought for a country of unified citizens.
Officers blocked off the street so that the march could proceed in a safe and undisturbed manner through the downtown streets. Many citizens of all ages carried U.S. flags as well as signs in the spirit of the days events.
The march concluded but many of the gathered residents remained, speaking with each other about their experience and service to the country. Dr. Kings memory and legacy lives on in Nueces County.