By Anthony Scott

Killeen Daily Herald

Several events to honor Martin Luther King Jr. are set for Monday, starting with the Killeen Youth Council's annual downtown march. Killeen Branch NAACP will host a follow-up with its MLK tribute.

The march will start at 10 a.m., leaving from City Hall. The tribute ceremony is planned to start at 12:30 p.m. at the Killeen Community Center.

Organizers chose "One Nation, One Dream" as the tribute theme, which features Brenda Coley as its keynote speaker.

Coley is currently the director of human services at Metroplex Health Systems and is past president of the KISD school board.

"We felt during this time it goes with the theme of "One Nation, One Dream," said Taneika Driver, president of the Killeen Branch NAACP. "That being in the position she's in and also she served as the first African American female to be president of the school board for Killeen Independent School District.

"We thought at this time it would be an honor to have her speak on where she has come from and to speak on the many successes she has had," Driver said.

The tribute will also feature theatrical and musical performances, including Killeen NAACP Youth staging a production of scenes from "Reflections on the Lives of Our Dreams."

Anyone who is marching in the parade is being instructed to show up at 9 a.m., at City Hall.

"Coley is very humble but she definitely has a message," Driver said.

Killeen Branch NAACP will host its annual Jubilee Celebration Friday, celebrating freedom from slavery and honoring the Emancipation Proclamation.

The event will feature attorney Tyffany Howard, a past deputy city attorney of Temple. Howard currently practices criminal, juvenile and personal injury law.

The celebration is free and open to the public. It begins at 7 p.m. at the Killeen Community Center, at 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd., room 150.

Contact Anthony Scott at or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcity.

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