The two-hour online celebration will showcase a variety of local entertainment, including:
The 2021 theme is “Truth, Love and Justice,” a nod to the history of the organization and the country's current reckoning with racial issues.
“We need to get through these times and come together as a community to support one another first,” said Sylvester Brown, Executive Director of the Black Heritage Society. “Only then can we move to the work of building a more equitable world.”
The virtual experience will also include video from Houston’s first parade in 1978 and other historical footage.
The 1978 parade in Houston was the very first MLK Day Parade in the nation after being sanctioned by the King family.
They will collect blankets, water, baby diapers, baby wipes and other basic essentials to support Houstonians struggling during the pandemic. See full list here.
Photos: 24th Annual MLK Grande Parade
The donations will be distributed through two local nonprofits, the World Youth Foundation and St. John’s Downtown.
It can also be viewed on local TV at Comcast (Ch. 16), Phonoscope (Ch. 73 & 99), Suddenlink (Ch. 14), AT&T U-verse (Ch. 99).