NEW DATE: Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Texas State University
Event was originally planned for January 18th, but postponed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Event details provided below.
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Poster Making | Honors College - Lampasas 407
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
MLK Solidarity March | Begins at LBJ Statue
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Formal Program | Performing Arts Center - Recital Hall
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Reception | Performing Arts Center - Lobby
Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday that is observed on the third Monday of January. Dr. King was a civil rights activist and is most known for his campaigns for racial equality in the United States and winning the Nobel Peace Prize. It is because of his selfless and dedicated activism that this day is also recognized as a Day of Service, where citizens are encouraged to volunteer to improve their communities.
Following support from trade unions and a petition with six million signatures, the bill to make MLK Day a federal holiday became a law in 1983. Texas State has been observing and celebrating MLK Day since 1984, even before it was nationally observed in 1986.
At Texas State, we use this national holiday to honor Dr. King’s legacy and reflect on some of his valuable messages that are still meaningful today.
Texas State traditionally hosts a two-part event featuring a MLK Commemoration Freedom March and a Celebration Program. This program seeks to pay homage to the life of Dr. King while highlighting talented students here at Texas State. We use this opportunity to help strengthen our campus community, bridge barriers, address social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of community.
On November 25, 1963, three days after President Kennedy’s assassination, our most distinguished alumnus, President Lyndon B. Johnson called Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to thank him for “your cooperation and communication.” During this phone call, King suggested to Johnson that, “I think one of the great tributes that we can pay in memory of President Kennedy is to try to enact some of the great, progressive policies he sought to initiate.”
For the next two years they strategized together—behind closed doors and during secretly recorded phone calls. During Johnson’s time as president, he signed into law the most significant Civil Rights legislations in over a century: The 1964 Civil Rights Act, which ended legal segregation, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which prohibited laws meant to suppress Black voters, and the 1968 Civil Rights Act, which focused on Fair Housing policy. Johnson referred to these civil rights laws as “the greatest achievement of my administration.”
Johnson and King’s relationship was as critical to those legislative victories as Johnson’s public speeches and dealings with Congress. King’s efforts towards racial equality had been in the public eye since the 1955 Birmingham Bus Boycott. In 1963, as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), King coordinated another high-profile anti-segregation campaign in Birmingham, Alabama. The collective pressure of Birmingham and other civil rights efforts compelled President John F. Kennedy to submit a landmark Civil Rights Act in the summer of 1963. That August, the March on Washington and King's “I Have a Dream” speech increased public pressure to pass the Kennedy civil rights bill. Following the Civil Rights Act, King offered public support to Johnson during the 1964 presidential campaign. King’s reputation was immense, and he had just been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. King’s support of the Democrat nominee helped Johnson win the largest share of the popular vote in over a century.
Join the Dunbar Heritage Association and the city of San Marcos in celebrating the 20th Anniversary Martin Luther King Day March and Celebration.
January 15th - MLK Kid's Event
January 16th - Hays County CommunUnity MLK Jr. Festival
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM | Historic Hays County Courthouse
January 17th - MLK March & Celebration
9:30 AM | Wreath-laying Ceremony at LBJ/MLK Crossroads Memorial
March will follow immediately after through downtown to Dunbar Park
Celebration at 801 MLK Drive, San Marcos, Texas 78666