Local Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration activities will include a parade Saturday, January 13, at noon and the annual Celebration Breakfast Monday, January 15, at 7:15 a.m in Sherman, Texas.
The Martin Luther King Jr. parade will be held Saturday, January 13, at noon. All churches, civic and social groups, and members of the public are welcome. The parade route begins at 400 S. Travis Street and will progress eastward on Brockett. A service will follow in Mabee Hall in the Wright Campus Center of Austin College at 1301 E. Brockett. Student speaker Christian Chiles ‘’19 of Austin College will deliver a speech in celebration of the Civil Right leader. For parade participation information, contact Eric Ross of the Sherman Neighborhood Recreation Committee at 903.818.8607.
The 14th annual Grayson County Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Breakfast will be held Monday, January 15, at 7:15 a.m. in Mabee Hall of the Robert J. and Mary Wright Campus Center at Austin College. The cost is $15 per person, payable at the door, and admission is free for the faculty and students of Austin College and Grayson College.
This year’s keynote speaker is Kim Andrews of Dallas, author of The Global Red Circle: Standing in Truth, Unleashing our Most Powerful Selves and founder of the movement that has resulted from its publication.
The Global Red Circle’s mission is to provide women the opportunity to speak on their life stories in one-on-one sessions, group circles, and storytelling events to transcend painful and devastating moments in their lives. Andrews believes this is “the century of the women” and her goal is to build a global sisterhood of strong women who can heal and nurture themselves and each other by sharing their wisdom. Through the continued expansion of feminine energy, she believes society can put an end to strife, poverty, and the environmental calamity.
Student speaker James Wyche ’20 of Austin College also will deliver a speech celebrating the impact of Martin Luther King Jr.
At the time of this publication, Sherman and Grayson County Rotary Clubs, Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center, Austin College, Grayson College, and the Sherman Neighborhood Recreation Committee are sponsors of the MLK celebration events.
Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives, Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 40 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. A residential student body of approximately 1,275 students and a faculty of more than 100 allow a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. The College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.