This weekend, there is a plethora of Martin Luther King Jr. events to help celebrate the national holiday, which will be observed Monday across the nation and Galveston County.
Kicking things off will be the King-Fest Committee and Reedy Chapel A.M.E. Church’s 10th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast event at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Wilbrydge, 2702 Ave. L, in Galveston.
Tickets are $20 a person and can be purchased by calling Cornelia Harris-Banks, 409-789-1048.
Also Saturday on the island will be the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Parade, which will begin at 1 p.m. starting at 29th and Church streets and will end at Menard Park, 2222 28th St.
If you’d like to participate, registration is free. To sign up, email email@example.com or call Gilbert Robinson, 409-771-8567.
Sunday, the African American Heritage Committee of the Galveston Historical Foundation will have its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest program at 3 p.m. at the Old Central Cultural Center, 2627 Ave. M. Winners of the contest will read their essays at the contest. For information, call Tommie Boudreaux, 409-740-0454, Ella Lewis, 409-740-4311, or Denise Alexander, 409-765-3410.
On the mainland, the Dickinson-Bay Area Unit of the NAACP will have its Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and installation of new officers at 4 p.m. Sunday at New Vision Baptist Church, 2311 24th St., in Dickinson. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make sure you pull out those dancing shoes as the L&G Steppers will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with an evening of food, fun and dancing from 7 p.m. to midnight Sunday at Mr. Calvin’s Club, 6022 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., in Hitchcock. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. For information, call 409-354-9844 or 281-889-2214.
Then Monday, the La Marque Alumni Association will have its fourth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration beginning with a parade at 10 a.m. The parade will begin at La Marque High School, 300 Vauthier Road, turn right on FM 1765, left on Bell Drive, left on Carver Street and will end at Greater Bell Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 5917 Carver St., in Texas City.
After the parade, there will be a program featuring a community young adult choir, praise dancers, mime ministry, oratorical speaking and more. The Rev. D.J. Harris will be the guest speaker. For information, call Nakisha Paul, 409-766-0049.
Rounding out local MLK Day events will be St. Vincent’s House annual Unity Prayer Circle at noon Monday at 2817 Postoffice St. in Galveston. All faith denominations are welcome. For information, call 409-763-8521.
ArtWalk set for Saturday
The Galveston Arts Center presents ArtWalk every six weeks on the island at a variety of venues, galleries and open spaces that showcase local artists’ work in a wide array of mediums.
ArtWalk will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at 2127 Strand St. as well as places such as Edna’s Room at The Grand 1894 Opera House, DesignWorks, From the HeART Gallery and Beta Gallery, just to name a few.
At the GAC, artists Jonathan Leach and Luisa Duarte’s exhibits, “Guts and Bone” and “Personal Scapes,” respectively, will be on display. They also will do an artist talk at 6 p.m.
This island event, which has been going on now for over 25 years, is a fun to participate in and the best part is it’s free.
For a brochure listing participants, visit www.galvestonartcenter.org or call 409-763-2403.
Guess who’s coming back?
Country music legends, The Oak Ridge Boys, will be back for two performances at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 and 3 p.m. Jan. 22 at The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., in Galveston.
With countless hits and awards, you sure don’t want to miss out on this treat. So, get your tickets before they’re all gone.
For tickets and information, visit www.thegrand.com or call 800-821-1894.