Event Covered: Martin Luther King, Jr., Parade and March
Date: Monday, January 20, at 11:00 a.m.
Route: Starts at 9th and Commerce Street, Downtown Fort Worth, TX
Followed by the Martin Luther King Jr., Rally
Featuring: Various High School bands, Step teams, performance by Jubilee Theatre, Songs, and Speeches.
Location: Sundance Square
Monday, for me, was a day of reflection, gratitude, and action. I wanted to reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., while educating my seven-year old as well. She was looking forward to going to the parade, but I wanted her to know it was more than cowboys, their horses, throwing candy, old school cars, and politicians. Dr. King’s legacy was much more deeply rooted than any of those things. We started our day with the Fort Worth parade, cupcakes, lunch, and ended with going to see Selma. I thought it would be a great way to drive things home for her. She got what his message and our responsibility to our community meant for her. I too wanted to ensure that I had been responsible with the call he’d left for us all in the African-American community. I wanted to ensure that I’d effectively stood for what was right, in the midst of the world’s wrong, and had I done so in a manner in which spoke for him not dying in vain. While I have not done so in perfection, I believe that I’ve contributed as he would have liked, and continue to do so. I want to leave my daughter and our world with a legacy of greatness. I want single moms to believe in their truth and have the audacity to change the conversation of how the world views us. I believe I’m on the right track.
Check out a few of my favorite shots from yesterday’s parade. It warmed my heart to see us come together so peacefully.
Y’all know I’m a lover of music and have passed this love down to my daughter; hence the reason her nickname is boogy! We got down yesterday to one of our favorite high school bands,. Not only are there some gifted musicians and loyal educators who have taught them discipline in their craft, but these are some prayer warriors too. Right before they were set to close out the celebration in Sundance Square, they got on their knees to acknowledge the gifts they’ve been given. Today, you don’t witness this too often, our kids unapologetic in who they serve, but they were fearless in their pursuit to pleasing God. I was proud to see them on their knees, hands locked, and head bowed. Then, there came show time, and you could tell they’d been prepared by the best.
Check out some footage here:
Desoto High School’s Marching Band
How will you ensure you contribute to Dr. King’s legacy and live a life of purpose and passion? Sound off below in the comments.