This was the Brenham Celebration of Martin Luther King Day. It was a time to light a candle of remembrance of the slain civil rights leader, but also a time to review the history of the movement.
After the candle was lit the Rev. John Harris spoke of the short but significant history of the civil rights movement, noting that King was a ‘rare prophet in western civilization,’ who freed people from the ‘chains of injustice’ and along the way won the Nobel Peace Prize.. Harris went on to say that work still needs to be done, and that discrimination continues to exist in 2014. He called on the community of Brenham and Washington County to work for a ‘healthy community’ that worked for ‘equity and social justice’ and to improve racial and ethnic relations.
Retired Municipal Court Judge Eddie Harrison was there at the celebration and concurred.
The Brenham Activists Association, which sponsored this vigil recognized the new youthful members of the association.
Also recognized was James Dennis, a ‘freedom rider’ from the 1960s.