Join us Monday, January 17th at 8:30am in downtown Ocala and join our parade marching group. Park at MLK Park (click here for a map) on Silver Springs Boulevard and take the shuttle to downtown Ocala. Marions United is spot #17 in the parade line. You can RSVP on Facebook here. If you're not on Facebook, you can RSVP here.
As public education advocates, we celebrate both Dr. King and the citizen-led civil rights movement that made him such a powerful figure in the history of our country. The first major act of the civil rights movement was not a push for voting rights or economic freedoms. It actually began with the concerns of thirteen parents for their twenty children in Topeka, Kansas. Led by Oliver Brown, together they sued the local school district over their segregated school system. In 1954, the US Supreme Court unanimously sided with Brown in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case, and began the long and difficult process of desegregating America's public schools. The result of this struggle was dramatically expanded opportunities for all of America's children.
The ensuing nationwide debate about what it truly meant to be an American citizen produced fresh battles against other forms of segregation. In 1957, a young, 26-year old pastor new to town was picked to lead a coalition of churches and lead a dramatic citywide bus boycott. Dr. King would go on to support critical fights in the civil rights movement leading to the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and the Voting Rights Act in 1965.
Let's honor Dr. King's legacy together. Join us Monday, January 17th at 8:30am in downtown Ocala and march with us in the MLK Day parade.
RSVP on Facebook here.