Commissioners Court Proclaims January 21 as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day in Hays County, Public Invited to Events Honoring the Civil Rights Leader
Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – The Hays County Commissioners Court has proclaimed January 21, 2019, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day in Hays County. The proclamation was signed January 15, on what would have been the historic civil rights leader’s 90th birthday. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his efforts to bring freedom, equality, and opportunity to all people.
The theme of the 2019 observance is “Stay Woke: Beyond the Dream!” To celebrate the holiday, the Dunbar Heritage Association is holding a children’s activity event at the San Marcos Public Library on Saturday, January 19, with arts, crafts, and videos. Children of all ages are invited.
On Monday, January 21, there will be a public wreath-laying at 9:30 a.m. at the Crossroads Memorial, corner of South LBJ and MLK Drives, believed to be the only intersection of roads with the two names of these civil rights proponents in the United States. Then, all are welcome to join a silent march to the First Baptist Church, NBC, 420 S. Mitchell St., for a ceremony.
Left to right, Precinct 2 Commissioner Mark Jones, Precinct 1 Commissioner Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe, Martin Luther King, Jr., Day event organizers Gloria Salazar, Mittie Miller, Jonafa Banbury, Rose Brooks; Precinct 1 Constable David Peterson, Precinct 3 Commissioner Lon Shell and Precinct 4 Commissioner Walt Smith.