St. Vincent's House Annual Unity Prayer Circle

Aiden Noble, 6, sits with his family at the annual Unity Prayer Circle Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. hosted by St. Vincent’s House in Galveston on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. The service is back in person this year after 2021’s COVID-related hiatus. In the event of bad weather, the service will be livestreamed.

For the past 27 years, America has celebrated, in most states, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, which is observed annually on the third Monday in January.

The federal holiday, which was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on Nov. 3, 1983, and went into effect in 1986, traditionally is celebrated with galas, parades, speeches and more, locally and across the nation.

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Charles Douglas

Dr. King was one of the great Americans of All Times, among many who distinguished themselves in the history of time! He not only was a great advocate for freedom, equality, but hard work, and accoutability! Dr. King also one of the great eloquent speakers ever.

He motivated me to stand up, go to work, and compete with any and all who confronted me! I saw all of them as competition I needed to out perform, even if It required going the "proverbial extra mile!" It was that way in sports, in the military, & on the Jobs I've worked and the careers I've had!

Bailey Jones

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Gary Miller

MLK A great among many greats. It occurs to me his teaching was very conservative. Could be one of the reasons many black Americans are joining the conservative evolution of America.

Bailey Jones

"It’s also the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities" - this is something all Americans can support.

I'm looking forward to the parade.

Carlos Ponce

MLK and CRT are antithetical. I prefer MLK.

"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."

For that matter, MLK and the DNC are antithetical since that party uses identity politics in governing and appointments.

Charles Douglas

Mr. Ponce> You are as right as East Texas rain!:

"I have a dream that one day down in Alabama with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers."

Shame to say, but Dr. King will have to keep waiting for his dream to come true! It has not happened after all these years & we are still waiting! See, this that Dr. King dreamed of taking place, ...well the Radicals are working hard to see that there is no love lost between the White Race, and the Black Race, because it does not fit in their plans of American political domination! For them, there is no profit in racial harmony in America, only hate, upheaval, and distrust! Their party base is set up to use the by-products of malcontent, hate, and distrust to maintain the minority vote, and they have been getting away with It For decades! They see many Hispanic and BLACKS leaving their Party now, and so they have come up with a variation. That variation is to pass crooked voting laws regulated by a crooked government in order to keep power forever! This is what they learned from their friends XI JINPING and Vladimir Putin! They have power for life! They are like Kings and Dictators!

Proof you say? I got proof! Their secretly, and ujderhandedly trying to sow hate in our young school kids toward each other! What do I mean? "CRT" being taught to our kids on the " COOL".. but the parents found out about it and came after them for it! What did the Radical Left do? I will tell you! They turned the FBI, & the JUSTICE Dept. loose on American parents and started investigating them as Domestic Terrorists! Now you tell me, is this the kind of Government you want in charge of America? I think not! I thank God for Senator Manchin, and Senator Sinema,.. two people who have been victimized by LEFT RADICAL BULLIES who think they can get what they want by threats, and running roughshod over those who won't play their political games!

Jim Forsythe

On this day that is about getting along, remember Martin Luther King Jr. words.

“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear"

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

From Power of Positivity: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of humanity’s greatest thinkers, speakers, and dreamers. Don’t brush his words aside. Even if you have to chew on them for a bit to truly understand them, they’re worth the contemplation.

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