The Black Heritage Society, in partnership with the City of Houston, is having its 45th Annual Original MLK Jr. Day Parade and Festival on Monday, January 16, 2023, beginning at 10 a.m.
The 45th MLK Jr. Parade is free to the public and is held downtown starting on Lamar at Smith Street. The MLK 2023 theme is “Climbing the Mountain to a Better Future.”
This year, the Black Heritage Society has selected Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner to serve as Grand Marshal. The Co-Grand Marshals are Rev. Dr. Derek King, nephew of Dr. MLK Jr.; Dr. Camille Cash, Houston Plastic Surgeon; and a Memorial Tribute to the late John Bland.
“The 2023 Original MLK Jr. Day Parade will be the last one held during Mayor Turner’s administration, and the Black Heritage Society believes he is a wonderful representation of Dr. King’s dream. Over the past seven years, Mayor Turner has led our city through natural disasters, pension reform, and creating a more resilient Houston for the future. He also will leave a legacy of unity—bringing together diverse people in our city and putting Houston on the global stage,” said Teresa Brewer with the Black Heritage Society.
The MLK Festival is held immediately following the parade and ends at 5 p.m. at Hermann Park Square at Houston City Hall and is free to the public. The children will enjoy a Day of Service learning about Dr. MLK Jr. There will be food trucks, vendor booths, live music, DJ, youth activities, and more.
The MLK Weekend celebration also includes the Black Heritage Society Gala. The Gala is being held on Saturday, January 14th, at Embassy Suites-Katy, located at 16435 Katy Freeway in Houston. This evening of elegance will start with a red-carpet reception at 6 p.m., and the Gala begins at 7 p.m. The world-renowned Kashmere Reunion Stage Band will entertain the guests. The honorary speaker is Dr. Derek King, and the keynote speaker is Mayor Sylvester Turner.
Also, the Black Heritage Society youth King and Queen winners will be present at the Gala. The Gala attire is Cocktail or Semi-formal.
You can purchase tickets online at the following link: https://blackheritagesociety.net/tickets.
The other weekend MLK Celebration include the Gospel Fest Concert on Sunday, January 15, 2023, at Green House International Church, located at 200 W. Greens Road in Houston. The doors will open at 1:30 p.m., with vendors participating with the Gospel Fest Shopping. The Gospel Concert will be from 4-7 p.m., with a concert line-up that includes Pastor Robert Morris, Disciple of Christ, Pentecostal of Katy, Marcus Jordan & Divine Favor, and special guest gospel recording artists James Fortune, Zacardi Cortez, and Endurance.
MLK Jr. Day is a federal holiday and is cherished and supported by many diverse communities. All churches, community leaders, elected officials, schools, non-profits, professional and
Social organizations, fraternities, sororities, and businesses are invited to join the 45th Annual Original MLK Jr. Day Parade and Festival activities.
The Black Heritage Society is pleased to announce that Radio One is again joining them as the official radio partner for the parade. The Radio One stations participating are Majic 102 FM, 97.9 FM The Box, and KROI Praise 92.1.
Some of this year’s corporate sponsors are HEB, Blue Cross Blue Shield, AT&T, Allegiance Bank,Communications Workers of America (CWA), Camille Cash, M.D., Silver Eagle Distributors, Foston International Communications, Inc., and United Airlines as the official airlines sponsor.