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Civil Rights in Houston, Then and Now: Houston Matters for Monday, January 20, 2014

Posted on · In recognition of Martin Luther King Day, Houston Matters will devote much of today’s program to civil rights. We’ll listen back to conversations from this past summer about the civil rights era in Houston. We’ll hear from Reverend William Lawson, Pastor Emeritus of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, and Dr. James Douglas, Executive Vice President and […]

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Dream of MLK Statue in Houston Close to Becoming Reality After Three Decades

Posted on · More than 30 years ago, Houston's Black Heritage Society, after being approached by Martin Luther King, Sr., wanted to find a way to memorialize Martin Luther King, Jr. in the city. While they wanted a statue, they ended up settling for a live oak tree on MLK Boulevard. That set in motion a series of […]


MLK Jr. Remembered In Kids Speeches For Annual Gardere Oratory Competition

Posted on · Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday is celebrated in a special way every year in Houston. Twelve elementary school children came together at a church downtown to give speeches honoring Dr. King. The kids tried to channel his activism, vision and zeal. They all succeeded, even if there could only be one winner.


In Honor Of Civil Rights Leader

Posted on · Houston celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with two parades at the same time. Hundreds lined the parade routes to honor one of the pioneers of the nation's civil rights movement.


Remembering Dr King’s Legacy

Posted on · Words delivered with eloquence earned a 5th grader from Pleasantville Elementary the top prize at the annual MLK Oratory Competition in downtown Houston. Organizers say the 12 finalists captured the essence of the civil rights leader.


Students Thrill Again in MLK Speech Contest

Posted on · Today Americans celebrate the birthday of the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. King wrote several books about the civil rights struggle, but he's perhaps best known for his speeches. The annual MLK Oratory Competition for young students was recently held in downtown Houston. Bill Stamps was there for what has become quite a showcase of young talent.