It was another beautiful day for the MLK parade this year, January 17, 2022. I woke up to 34°, but by the time the parade was over it was 60°.

MLK 2020

MLK 2019

Pregame: Staging the Parade

This year we had around nine churches participate. It was a pretty multicultural group, with people from Faith Chinese Fellowship/Faith Bellaire, Sagrada Familia/Kinsmen, Augustana, Hosanna, Christ the King, Holy Comforter Kingwood, Lord Of Life The Woodlands, Spirit of Joy The Woodlands, Light of Christ LaPorte, and more.

“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.”

—The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

With my friend and colleague, Pastor Anthony Chatman, Hosanna, Houston.
Pastor Anthony and Kim Chatman

“Evil may so shape events that Caesar may occupy a palace and Christ a cross, but one day that same Christ will rise up and split history into AD and BC so that even the life of Caesar must be dated by His name…God is more fundamental than sin or evil. Good Friday must give way to Easter Sunday.”

—The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King

Our liberation is tied up together. We walk side by side. 8 ELCA Congregations from across the city in today’s MLK Grande Parade.

—Pastor Ashley Dellagiacoma, Kindred Houston

A great group from Sagrada Familia/Kinsmen, Houston.

Fun to have children playing and enjoying the day.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

—The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Don Hill (Augustana/Light of Christ) snagging a ride from the kind and generous Danielle Keys Bess (Texas Lege #147) and company behind us. We got separated from our lead car, but y’all saved the day. You rock.

Amusing and ironic that they put us behind the beer truck. 🙂

“I submit that an individual who breaks the law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.”

“Never forget, everything Hitler did was legal.”

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.”

—The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Rebecca Shields (Christ the King, Houston) with Congresswoman Shiela Jackson Lee.

“In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

— The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I’ve had the honor of knowing and meeting with Congresswoman Shiela Jackson Lee many years, a leader committed to the people of her district and justice for all.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

— The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King, Junior was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. He excelled in school skipping both ninth and 12th grades. At the age of 15 Martin entered Morehouse College. At 19 he was ordained and graduated with a BA in Sociology. In 1955 at the age of 26 he received his PhD in Systematic Theology. In 1963 at the age of 34 he was named “Man of the Year” by Time Magazine. In 1964 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. On April 4, 1968 at the age of 39, as Dr. King stood on the balcony the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, he was shot and killed by James Earl Ray.

The MLK memorial that opened August 25, 2011 has 14 MLK quotes engraved in the back wall.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”

— The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.