After years of delays, leaders, elected officials and residents gathered Saturday for the unveiling of the bronze statue at McGregor Park, south of downtown.
Houston elected officials, civil rights leaders and residents gathered Saturday to attend the unveiling of a bronze statue of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., ending decades of drama over its location and lack of funds to complete it, according to KHOU.
A large crowd, including Martin Luther King III, was on hand for the unveiling at MacGregor Park, just south of downtown Houston, the report says.
The movement continues, King said, according to KHOU, “until there is equal justice for everyone.”
The drama surrounding the statue began decades ago after activists planted a tree in a median of Houston’s MLK Boulevard until a statue could be built. But the tree had to be removed when Metro began construction on its light rail line, touching off a fiery debate. The director of the Black Heritage Society chained himself to the tree in protest, the report says.
Source: The Root | LYNETTE HOLLOWAY