Houston's Black Heritage Society and the MLK Foundation have been fighting for years about who should put on the city's biggest MLK day parade. Judge Lee Rosenthal has created a temporary truce by changing a portion of a city ordinance and allowing two parades Monday, one at 10 am and the other at 2 pm. Attorney Randy Portean represents Charles Stamps with the MLK Foundation, which will have the 10 am slot on Monday.
Last year, the two parades merged into one because of the one parade rule, but organizers say it didn't work. Ovide Ducantell with the Black Heritage Society was initially denied a permit for this year's parade but says the judge's ruling means his organization won't be shut-out.
Ducantell says all the sponsors for his parade have pulled-out and is now calling on the community to help defray expenses before Monday's parade. From the Federal Courthouse downtown, Jack Williams Houston Public Radio News.