After Decades of Drama, Houston Unveils MLK Memorial Statue

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial statue unveiled in Houston KHOU
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial statue unveiled in Houston
KHOU

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.

Click here to read more

Source: The Root | 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s