(Seguin) -- The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. continues to be celebrated today in Seguin. Monday is the official federal holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader.
The Seguin MLK Day Planning Committee each year sponsored a four-day celebration of the life of Dr. King. Committee Chair Regina Lee says the four-day event is held each year to honor Dr. King's work and to also continue his work of trying to improve the lives of everyone.
"It's very important. We've done just a few things to change it up a little bit. We need to attract our young people. Most of us who remember that, so add 50 (age) plus whatever (remember but) our young people have no idea of the struggle or the sacrifices that were made," said Lee.
Lee says kicking off events today will be the Central Park Rally at 11:30 a.m., followed by the 1 p.m. Symbolic "Freedom" March from downtown Seguin to Texas Lutheran University.
"We are doing our Symbolic March so we'll start in Central Park at 11:30 a.m.. We have Rev. Megan Elliott (of Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church) as our speaker. We have Glory Road performing and also Terrance Woods. We want to encompass our young people and encourage them to come out. I know this will bring them out. He has agreed to partner with us this year. We'll have a good message by Rev. Elliott and anyone who has never heard her, they need to come out and hear. She's really good," said Lee.
Lee says walkers will then arrive on the TLU campus just in time for the annual MLK Program. Lee says the march includes a diverse group of people who want to show their support for Dr. King and the movement to protect the civil rights of all Americans. Lee says she encourages everyone to come be part of the march. She says even if you feel like you can't make the trek all the way out to Texas Lutheran, you should still come and walk as far as you can.
"If people do come out, (and) that's their commitment to the weekend is the march, we will go to (TLU's) Wupperman Little (Theater) like we did last year and we'll have a short program there. (MLK Committee member) ViAnn Patterson ends the march (in her vehicle) and she'll be able to pick up anyone who possibly can not make it," said Lee.
Today wraps up a full weekend of MLK observance events. They included a Seguin ISD Choirs performance, the annual A Taste of Soul (soul food tasting), a Gospel Festival and a MLK dinner theater featuring a live performance of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize Winning Play "Fences."
Those who missed the theatrical performance will get another chance to see it this coming weekend at the Texas Theatre. The talented cast includes lead actors Dr. Dolores Major-Duffey and Hugh "Papa" Douglass. Show times are at 7 pm. Friday and Saturday (Jan.19-20) and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 21). Tickets are $15 pre-sale or $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Gift & Gourmet, Keepers and the Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce. They are also available online at thetexas.org.