Amarillo will celebrate MLK Jr. Day with a variety of events

Editor’s Note: Events celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. over the weekend are subject to change or cancellation, due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases. Attendees are encouraged to contact organizers in advance to confirm event details.

Amarillo celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a variety of events.

On Monday, Gateway to Success Inc. and Amarillo Independent School Districts will hold their second annual march parade honoring the civil rights activist at noon.

“Dr. King was talking about civil rights. It wasn’t just about black people. It was about rights, and that’s what we want a message from 2022 to convey. From 1968, the date of his assassination , in the present day, his goal was to see these things happen, and here we are….Now we have to keep going,” said AISD coordinator Keith Grays.

Those in the parade are asked to line up at 900 N. Hayden at 10 a.m. The walk will begin at 11 a.m. sharp. People will walk from NW 9th and Hayden to Bones Hooks Park in honor of King.

The parade will include all participants, the four AISD marching bands, dance teams and more.

After walkers arrive at the park, lunches will be provided by sponsors Chick-fil-A on Georgia Street, United Supermarkets and the Amarillo Police Department. They will serve chicken sandwiches and burgers; drinks are sponsored by Pepsi Beverages Co. During this time, individuals will also be encouraged to listen to the program provided by the four AISD showcase choirs, featuring the high school marching bands as they sing the national anthem and more on center stage at Jewelle Allen. at Bones Hooks Park starting at noon.

The Amarillo League of Women Voters chapter will have a booth to help individuals register to vote, and the City of Amarillo Health Department will also administer booster shots to those who register. and will distribute masks and hand sanitizer.

Community service to honor King’s legacy

Additionally, according to the Amarillo NAACP website, the Amarillo Branch of the NAACP in conjunction with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the American Red Cross will host an event at the Warford Activity Center beginning at 9 a.m. to install smoke detectors throughout the houses of North Inhabitants of the heights. Fire safety advice will also be provided to residents. breakfast and lunch will be provided to participating community members.

Amarillo United Citizens Forum will hold a day of service in honor of Dr. King on Sunday from 3-6 p.m. at the Black Historical Culture Center, 901 North Hayden. The group is looking for community members of all abilities to help beautify the cultural center. Dinner will be offered to participants.

Many organizations and businesses will be closing to celebrate the holiday, including the River Road Independent School District, Canyon ISD and Amarillo ISD.

“We want to build these events and the involvement… We want to build something to pass on to the next generation to continue to accept everyone’s differences,” Grays said.

About 200 people gathered for the one-mile walk from New Hope Baptist Church to Bones Hooks Park to honor Martin Luther King Jr. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day the previous year. [Neil Starkey / For the Amarillo Globe-News]
Tramicah Young participated in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade and listened to speakers celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. at a past celebration. [Neil Starkey / For the Amarillo Globe-News]
About 200 people gathered for the one-mile walk from New Hope Baptist Church to Bones Hooks Park to honor Martin Luther King Jr. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day the previous year. [Neil Starkey / For the Amarillo Globe-News]

WTAMU Video Celebration

The campuses of West Texas A&M University and Amarillo College will be closed Monday to celebrate the holidays.

Videos of leaders from several student organizations reading excerpts from King’s speeches will be shown at the Jack B. Kelley Student Center Commons beginning at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

A planned march from the university dining hall to JBK has been cancelled, WT reported on Friday.

“There are so many more powerful messages for various causes that he delivered,” said Angela Allen, WT’s Diversity and Inclusion Manager. “We wanted students to find meaningful excerpts from these speeches to help us recognize that the ongoing battles are not new.”

Among the participating students are Sir’Garen Grayson, a young public relations and publicity specialist from Amarillo, representing the Black Student Union; Tyrone Leggett, health sciences student from Bloomfield, Connecticut, representing the Black Student Union; Deanndra Murry, December communications grad from Houston, representing the Diversity Ambassadors; Allan Baltazar, a criminal justice specialist from Houston, representing F1RSTGEN and the Hispanic Student Association; Ashley Oakes, a marketing major from Amarillo, representing the McNair Scholars; Tearanee ‘Lockhart, a broadcast journalism junior from Amarillo, representing the Black Student Union; and Borger biology major Aurora Garcia-Comer, representing the Black Student Union.

City closures, changes

The City of Amarillo offices will also be closing in remembrance of King and his mission. Some Monday closures include all city public libraries, the Amarillo Public Health Department, and all city landfills and brushcutting sites.

Amarillo Solid Waste Services will be closed for the holidays, and residential routes and polycart routes normally serviced on Mondays will be serviced on Tuesdays. Tuesday trips will be served on Wednesday. All commercial solid waste routes will be serviced on Tuesday.

Amarillo City Transit will operate a Saturday schedule on MLK Day.

Jennifer C. Burleigh