NAACP Arlington Says Texas Governor Shouldn’t Be Part of MLK Parade

Style Magazine Newswire | 1/12/2018, 9:45 a.m.
What was billed as a region-wide celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has drawn ...
Texas Governor Greg Abbott

Source: Houston Public Media

What was billed as a region-wide celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has drawn fire from local civil rights groups and community activists. They’re angry over the inclusion of Gov. Greg Abbott as an honorary grand marshal of the Toyota North Texas Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade & Celebration, which is scheduled for next Monday in Arlington. The Arlington chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said Abbott’s inclusion, “stings with hypocrisy.” In a statement, the group said Abbott has “done more to damage and undermine African-American and Latino civil and voter rights, educational opportunities and economic empowerment than any other modern-day Texas governor.” A spokeswoman for the governor said Abbott looks forward to honoring Dr. King’s legacy and reflecting on “the triumphs, tragedies, and lessons of the past.”