Seguin gears up for big four day MLK weekend celebration
Posted on 1/12/2018 6:54:00 AM.

(Seguin) -- Seguin is gearing up for its annual four day MLK Day weekend celebration. The event celebrates the legacy of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Most events are free and are being offered and hosted throughout the holiday weekend by the MLK Day Planning Committee.

Events get started on Friday with a special performance by various Seguin ISD choirs. The choir performance will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. at the Seguin Coliseum. Although there is no cost to attend, canned foods and other non-perishable foods will be accepted at the door. All donations will benefit Seguin's food pantry, the Christian Cupboard.

The celebration will continue bright and early Saturday at the Coliseum for the annual Taste of Soul. Families are invited to stop by for free servings and samplings of a variety of soul food items. Food will be available from 9 to 11 a.m. Again, the event is free and non-perishable food items will be accepted for the Christian Cupboard.

A few tickets also still remain for the annual MLK Celebration, Dinner Theater featuring "Fences" by August Wright. Set in the 1950?s, the play is said to explore the African American experience and examines race relations. As reported earlier, the performance is based on the same story that many saw in the movie theater featuring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. The show, being presented thanks to director Pat Hoppe, is scheduled for Saturday night at the Coliseum. Hoppe says a talented cast has come together to help make the show possible. Lead actors include local residents Dr. Dolores Duffey and Hugh "Papa" Douglass. The event begins with a social hour at 4:45 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and the live theater performance at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 a person. Dinner show tickets are encouraged to be purchased in advance at Seguin Radio KWED or from any MLK Day Planning Committee member. A limited amount of tickets will be sold at the door.

Activities continue on Sunday with the annual free Gospel Choir Festival. The choir concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Texas Lutheran University's Jackson Auditorium.

Events wrap up on Monday, the official MLK Day holiday. They include the annual rally in Central Park from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. followed by the "Freedom" March at 1 p.m. Participants will walk from Central Park to Texas Lutheran University and will arrive in time for the annual MLK Program scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at TLU's Wupperman Little Theater.

Seguin MLK Planning Committee; Martin Luther King Jr.


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