Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Tyler Texas

by admin on January 17, 2011

in Socio-Political Commentary

Martin Luther King Day Tyler TexasThis year is the 25th anniversary of Martin Luther King Junior day to celebrate one of the greatest orators in American history. Martin Luther King Jr. was a peaceful activist for the African American civil rights movement. King used non-violent methods as practiced by Gandhi which launched him to iconic status as being a leader for civil rights not only in America but all around the world.

Civil rights are a class of rights that protect individuals’ freedom from unwarranted infringement by governments and private organizations, and ensure one’s ability to participate in the civil life of the state without discrimination or repression.



Tyler’s history for Martin Luther King day has been a slow progression from a day celebrated by African Americans in local black churches throughout the city to a day that is supported and celebrated by not only blacks but whites and other races as well. I will say however there is still way more black people at the MLK day march than white people so by no means is this day something celebrated by all but it is getting better.

The city of Tyler TX now actively assists and supports MLK day as the city voted several years back to make it a city recognized holiday. Kevin Eltife mentioned in his speech that the city of Tyler ha not accepted MLK day as a holiday as late as 1996 when he was mayor of Tyler Texas.

Martin Luther King day was soon after adopted as a city holiday and has continued until present. One of the leading contributors to making Martin Luther King day and march such a prominent part of the city of Tyler is the Greater New Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and Rev. Jerome Milton.

The largest organized MLK day march and celebration has been put on every year by Greater New Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and is a leading reason why MLK day is now an official city holiday and part of this cities history.

We thank Rev. Jerome Milton and the Greater New Pleasant Hill Baptist Church as well as those in the city who made this day an official city holiday and may it always remind us of the civil rights of every citizen no matter what race political view or religion they may hold to.

This day we not only mourn the assassination of a great black leader but we celebrate all that Martin Luther King Jr. did during his life and all that his legacy continues to do even after his death.

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