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City of McAllen Joins with Community Organization to Celebrate MLK Day With Activities


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The City of McAllen has once again partnered with the Juneteenth community leaders, this time, to participate in a month-long list of activities in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, this year to be celebrated officially on Monday, June 18, 2021, and continuing through Black History Month.

“Martin Luther King, Jr. was truly an inspirational man,” said McAllen Mayor Jim Darling.  “In light of recent events, the celebration of MLK’s non-violent methods of protest are more important than ever, as is this quote by him: ‘We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.’”

This year’s observation will feature events throughout the Rio Grande Valley, celebrating the theme “Building a Stronger CommUNITY Through Service.” 

According to Dr. Ray Howard, one of the organizing members of celebration, the activities will focus on the historical roots of the African-American community in the Rio Grande Valley, the cultural contributions throughout the country, as well as examining the political impact of MLK and its relevance today.

“In a community such as McAllen and the greater Rio Grande Valley, acknowledging our history, as well as forging ties with the community at all levels will lead to greater understanding and acceptance of us all as God’s children,” said Howard.

Activities for January include:

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Monday, January 18, 2021

MLK Holiday Reflections and Community Service Day at Texas Historic Restlawn Cemetery, 1701 E. Richardson Road, Edinburg.  The event begins at 9:00 a.m. with a reflections’ gathering and the cemetery site improvements from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and then again at 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.  Registration is required as attendance is limited to the event.  For more information, contact Dr. Ray Howard at (210) 355-0250 or via e-mail at raymond.howard23@outlook.com. Virus protection mask and social-distancing will be enforced. 

MLK Holiday Community Commemorative Service and MayoralProclamation at Baptist Temple “BT” Church located at 2001 Trenton Road, McAllen from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Pastor Nick Maddox at 605-6006WR or nick.maddox@bt.church. Virus protection mask and social-distancing will be enforced.


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Monday, January 18 – Friday, January 22, 2021

The 11th Annual MLK Holiday at Cine El Rey will feature virtual presentations of pre-recorded personalized Videos, featuring the theme: “Keep His Dream Alive.” The Event will be hosted on Facebook, at link:https://www.facebook.com/events/398591541235639/ from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.  To submit a video, contact: The Cine El Ray Group at 873-2378.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Documentary Filming of the Callandret Black History Museum, at 305 Doherty Street in San Benito, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, contact: Sandra Tumberlinson at 956-245-3998 orpeppersdad2400@msn.comVirus protection mask and social-distancing will be enforced.

Activities for February include:

Monday, February 1 – Friday, February 26, 2021

The McAllen Public Library, 4001 N.23rd Street, will host a variety of activities including  a lecture series; documentary on the City of New Orleans with McAllen Public Library Librarian Julia Reed; “Food for Thought” with Nicole January and Chef Ty, a prerecorded program about soul food; and Children’s Story Time featuring a series of prerecorded readings of children’s African-American story books. All of these events will be live-streamed on Facebook, times to be determined.  Later that evening, enjoy Drive-In Movie Night & Food Truck with Chef Ty in the library parking lot, details to be determined. For more information, please contact: Esther N. Camacho at 956-681-3066 or ecamacho@mcallen.net. Virus protection mask and social-distancing will be enforced.

Friday, February 26, 2021, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Black History CARaVan event will take off from Faith Fellowship Church, 600 S. 21st Street, McAllen and make its way to McAllen City Hall, 1300 W. Houston Avenue. Once there, McAllen Mayor Jim Darling will lead a ceremony for the Texas Historic Bethel Garden Rededication Event. For more information, contact: Village In The Valley at 278-0873 orvillageinthevalley.org. Virus protection mask and social-distancing will be enforced.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Installing Texas Historical Marker for the “Callandret Colored School 1921” at Callandret Black History Museum, 305 Doherty Street in San Benito. The time is still to be announced pending the arrival of the  Historical Marker from the State. For more information contact: Sandra Tumberlinson at 956-245-3998 or peppersdad2400@msn.comVirus protection mask and social-distancing will be enforced.

All events listed are either sponsored or supported by VIVA, and are free and open to everyone.  For more information, contactwww.villageinthevalley.org.

2021 MLK Activity Summary
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