MLK weekend

Mayor Segarra presenting a proclamation to recognize several groups for MLK Weekend: Keep the Dream Alive just before last night’s City Council meeting.

Killeen Mayor Jose Segarra recognized several locals who have united to remember the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. for celebratory events going from Friday to Monday with the theme, “The Dream Weekend: Keeping the Dream Alive.”

Segarra presented a proclamation on the upcoming weekend just before Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. The groups consist of the Innovation Black Chamber, the Killeen branch of the NAACP, Village United, Enclave Killeen, So Natural, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.’s Kappa Sigma Lambda chapter and the Step Up Fest which hosts a high school step show.

“We want to say thank you for all that you do within our community and thank you for uniting and coming together,” Segarra said. “I encourage everybody that lives in our city to be a part of these festivities and recognize that great organizations are putting this on.”

The annual MLK Peace March will begin at 9 a.m. Monday at City Hall, 101 N. College St.,with line up beginning at 8:30 a.m. The annual march takes place downtown.

On Saturday, there will be an oratorical contest hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity at Anderson AME Church, 1002 Jefferis Ave., at 9 a.m.

Also on Saturday will be a brunch at Enclave, 220 E. Ave. D,, from noon to 4 p.m. along with the So Natural Veggie & Art Fest at So Natural Catering, 3601 South W.S. Drive, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and the 2nd Annual Culture on the Square hosted by the Innovation Black Chamber on Avenue D at 3 p.m.

And also, Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful will be hosting a roadside pickup for MLK Day from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Volunteers who are interested in the roadside pickup are encouraged to meet in the parking lot of McAlister’s Deli at 232 Robert Griffin III Blvd.

On Sunday, the 20th Annual MLK Step Up Fest High School Step Show will be at Killeen Civic and Conference Center, 3601 S. W.S. Drive, at 6 p.m.

tcooper@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7553 

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Alvin

Copy: 'Killeen Mayor Jose Segarra recognized several locals who have united to remember the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. for celebratory events going from Friday to Monday with the theme, “The Dream Weekend: Keeping the Dream Alive.” End of copy.

First I want to say that 'This is not the America I grew up in. This land now is so full of hate and discontent that it is not recognizable for the land it used to be.

In my day, people used to be able to walk down the street, meet people,have something nice to say to that individual, and walk along their way feeling good, but alas, it is not that way now. Here in Texas, we could spend some time socializing, but not anymore for now you have to be selective in who you socialize with. Now it has become a social event that if you don't fit in, you don't get to go along with that socialized crowd. If you don't speak Spanish, or you don't dress a certain way, you are considered an outcast for being an outcast certainly fits around here. And it is getting worse all of the time

Yes Mayor Segarra certainly fits in with the 'in crowd' for that is what it is. You take the recent event, that of the mishap with the Killeen drinking water, the slopping of 39 million gallons of pre-treated drinking water that we will certainly have to pay for, well who is to blame for that mishap? There has not been a sole that has been blamed for that mishap so what's changed from the city manager Green that this city increased his 'get out payment by an additional $200,000.00 over his contracted amount and now this individual, or individuals, has been given the same exact type of treatment, that being it has been hushed up, not talked about, and this individual will be given the same hushed up treatment as the last individual. And you know what, the city council has taken on the same style of treatment by giving our present city manager a glorified treatment by giving him a good rating and a raise. By my reasoning, he does not deserve a good rating nor a raise because 'HE COST THIS CITY MONEY'. By the same toke, this city council does not deserve any additional money because 'THEY ARE HIDING THE FACTS FROM THE CITIZENS'.

And so it translates into now we are a self centered select group of individuals who are grouped together by cultural divisions, especially speech patterns, who hold that anyone that is different is excluded and the further we go into those divisions the worse off we become so that in a few more years we will be so divided that we will no longer be able to call ourselves Americans.

Yes I think that this day is coming and the problem of division will be more rampant than it is now. We used to call ourselves 'Americans' for that was what we were, but now we carry burdens around our necks that 'We are African Americans, We are Spanish Americans, etc, so that we no longer wish to call ourselves, 'Americans', as if is a dirty word. We display other countries flags rather than our own. We spit and set fire to the flag of our Nation. We do not pay homage to the flag of our Nation, thus we see ourselves as not American but many countries other than our own. So yes Mr Mayor, I see as one who does not seek a better life as an American, but instead sees a man, Dr. Martin Luther King, who was a man just like you and I and put his trousers on one leg at a time, as just a man, a possibly great man, but a man and who has been built up in reverence to someone who is kind of being a supernatural being, and that he is not.

So what has happened to this country that we now depict it as a certain day, to revel in this prospect that the man said 'that said we were all equal in the eyes of God, that we should join together in harmony, not hatred. Is that being done today or are we worse off than we were in the early 60's than we are today? What has turned us to feel that we cannot get together in a harmonious atmosphere, but instead we band together holding ourselves apart from one another.

So now it is a weekend, When do you suppose that it will be a week, a month, just like the cultural Spanish cultural event that now occupies a full month or the revitalization of Juneteenth which is now going to be celebrated as a I think a national holiday. This is, in my opinion what is destroying this country in that each cultural community wants to be independent from each other and have their own cultural event separate and apart fro the other and that is what is tearing this country apart and it will continue to tear us apart. We have no 'Americanism as we each are a separate and independent little community so that eventually we will no longer be a country, but a lot of little separate communities that can no longer say 'we are one'.

No longer will be be a united country that is called America.

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