MLK Day Celebration at the
Children’s Museum of Houston Brought to You by Representative Coleman and the Center for Civic and Public Policy Improvement
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed for us to live in a world where we would “not be judged by the color of [our] skin, but by the content of [our] character.” On Monday, I joined the Children’s Museum of Houston to honor the legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at our 24th Annual MLK Day Celebration.
Ms. Sylvia Brooks received the prestigious Caryakid Award, which is the Museum’s highest honor. Ms. Brooks comes from our historic Third Ward and graduated from Texas Southern University. Among her many achievements, Ms. Brooks served as the president and CEO of Houston Area Urban League (HAUL) for sixteen years.
Kaydence Fletcher from James H. Law Elementary School was this year’s Gardere Oratory Speech winner and spoke to the crowd about what Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech means to her. We were led by the Kid’s Committee in celebration of civil rights in a hallway parade to listen to orator Steve Scott recite the speech that changed history, followed by a tribute to Dr. King by Dr. Kiana Day, TSU’s Assistant Music Director. The event concluded with a wonderful performance from the high-energy middle and high school band, Providence Jazz Ensemble.
Growing up in the time where people were petitioning to have a holiday for Dr. MLK, it’s amazing that we have now had so many celebrations in his honor. By honoring Dr. King, we have moved forward to make changes in civil rights.
We should honor Dr. King’s legacy by continuing his fight to end injustices in our world, including racism, economic inequality, and bigotry. He showed that with hard work, things like the Voting Rights Act of 1965 could be accomplished.
Dr. King was a man of action and inspires civic action. I know that Dr. Kind was a one-of-a-king leader whose legacy will live on through generations. Above all else, he put action into change. When you act, things happen.
I would not be here today representing District 147 without the hard work of Dr. King and the generations he inspired. We must continue to be doers who make the changes that many only talk about.
Steve Scott of the Houston Ebony Opera Guild started off the day’s celebrations with uplifting songs like “Sweet Chariot.”
Ms. Sylvia Brooks was honored with the Museum’s highest honor: the annual Caryakid Award. Ms. Brooks comes from our historic Third Ward and graduated from TSU. Among her many achievements, Ms. Brooks served as the president and CEO of Houston Area Urban League (HAUL) for 16 years.
Kaydence Fletcher from James H. Law Elementary School was this year’s Gardere Oratory Speech winner. This very impressive young student told us about what Dr. MLK’s legacy means to her.
Rep. Coleman has been a proud sponsor of the MLK Celebration for 24 years now.
From left to right: Steve Scott of the Ebony Opera Guild, Ava Winn, 2020 Caryakid Award Winner Ms. Sylvia Books, Rep. Coleman, this year’s Gardere Oratory Speech winner Kaydence Fletcher from James H. Law Elementary School, and Children’s Museum of Houston Executive Director Tammie Kahn.
From left to right: Ava Winn, 2020 Caryakid Award Winner Ms. Sylvia Books, and Rep. Coleman at the 24th annual MLK Celebration at the Children’s Museum of Houston.
Rep. Coleman and 2020 Caryakid Award winner Ms. Sylvia Books joined attendees from the community.
After the Peace March led by the Kid’s Committee, TSU’s Assistant Music Director Dr. Kiana Day performed songs “Up to the Mountain” and Stevie Wonder’s rendition of “Happy Birthday.”
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