MLK, Coretta Scott King Day on Monday - Elgin Courier: News

MLK, Coretta Scott King Day on Monday

By Fernando Castro fernando.castro@elgincourier.com | Posted: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 3:30 pm

Two of our country’s most notable civil rights leaders will be recognized next Monday.

Jan. 15 has been proclaimed as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King Day in Elgin. There will also be a walk in Smithville that day.

The proclamation was announced during last week’s Elgin city council meeting. 

The theme for this year’s holiday is “Remember! Celebrate! Act! A day on … not a day Off!”

“Dr. King gained acclaim through his work to bring about social, political and

economic equality for all Americans by peaceful means and nonviolent resistance,” Mayor Chris Cannon read from the proclamation.

“Coretta Scott King is worthy of honor in her own right as she did not hesitate to pick up the mantle of her late husband by continuing to honor his work. Mrs. King helped lead the effort to establish a national holiday in her husband’s honor and in

founding the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Non-Violent Social Change in Atlanta.”

Dr. King was assassinated April 4, 1968, at 38 years old. Coretta Scott King passed away in 2006 at the age of 78.

In addition, Elgin ISD School Board President Byron Mitchell spoke at the council meeting about the 29th Annual Bastrop County MLK Celebration & Walk for Peace, Justice & Equality. 

The march will be at 10 a.m. in Smithville beginning at MLK Park, located at the corner of Martin Luther King Drive and Miller Street. Mitchell also said a program will be held later at approximately 11:15 a.m. at the Smithville Recreation Center, located at 106 Royston Street.

“It’s always a really good time,” said Mitchell, “and so I encourage all of you to attend and please join us on that day.”