Celebrating the Life & Legacy of MLK

Dream Together

Wednesday, January 17, 2024


San Marcos Community

The Dunbar Heritage Association

Join the Dunbar Heritage Association in celebrating the 22nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Walk and Celebration have been rescheduled from January 16, 2024 to February, 3, 2024.

Saturday, February 3, 2024 - MLK Wreath-Laying Ceremony, Walk & Celebration
9:00 AM | Wreath-laying Ceremony at LBJ/MLK Crossroads Memorial
Immediately after the ceremony, there will be a silent walk through the Historic Dunbar neighborhood to the Hays County Historic Courthouse located at 111 E San Antonio St, San Marcos, TX 78666, followed by a Community Celebration on the Courthouse grounds. 

For more information, contact dhasmtx@gmail.com or 737-999-0403. For ways to get involved, please visit the Dunbar Heritage Association's event website.

Texas State University - MLK Celebration

Picture of MLK

Directions and Parking

Texas State University's LBJ Student Center is located at 601 University Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666. Parking is available at the LBJ Student Center Garage (pay-to-park). Parking will not be validated.

Event Schedule (subject to change)

Wednesday, January 17, 2024
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Program ft. Dr.Charisse Burden-Stelly | LBJ Student Center Grand Ballroom
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Reception | LBJ Student Center Grand Ballroom

Featured Speaker: Dr. Charisse Burden-Stelly

Associate Professor of African American Studies, Wayne State University and 2023-2024 Charles Warren Center for American History Fellow, Harvard University

Dr. Charisse Burden-Stelly is a scholar of critical Black Studies, political theory, political economy, and intellectual history, she is the co-author of W.E.B. Du Bois: A Life in American History (ABC-CLIO, 2019), the co-editor of Organize, Fight, Win: Black Communist Women’s Political Writings (Verso, 2022)and the co-editor of Reproducing Domination: On the Caribbean Postcolonial State (University of Mississippi Press, 2022)Burden-Stelly’s singled-authored book, Black Scare/Red Scare: Theorizing Capitalist Racism in the United Stateswas published with University of Chicago Press in November 2023. Her next book project, Mutual Comradeship: The Ethics, Epistemology, and Politics of Radical Blackness, is under contract with the University of California Press. The guest editor of the 2021 “Claudia Jones: Foremother of World Revolution” special issue of The Journal of Intersectionality, Burden-Stelly’s scholarship appears in peer-reviewed journals including Small Axe, Souls, Du Bois Review, Socialism & Democracy, International Journal of Africana Studies, and CLR James Journal and in popular publications including Monthly Review, Boston Review, Essence magazine, The Nation, Teen Vogue, Black Perspectives, and Black Agenda Report. She has presented more than sixty invited talks, public lectures, and conference papers and has been the recipient of numerous grants, fellowships, and travel awards. She is also a member of the Black Alliance for Peace.

Dr. Charisse Burden-Stelly profile picture

Social Justice, Peace & Equality

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday that is observed on the third Monday of January. Dr. King was a civil rights activist, Baptist minister, and is most known for his campaigns for racial equality in the United States and winning the Nobel Peace Prize. He is also remembered by his anti-war and anti-imperialist stance, embracing an economic-justice program with the Poor People’s Campaign, and criticism of capitalist exploitation. It is because of his selfless and dedicated activism that this day is also recognized as a Day of Service, where citizens are encouraged to volunteer to improve their communities.
Following support from trade unions and a petition with six million signatures, the bill to make MLK Day a federal holiday became a law in 1983. Texas State has been observing and celebrating MLK Day since 1984, even before it was nationally observed in 1986. 

Texas State hosts a program and reception each year to honor Dr. King's Legacy. This program pays homage to the life and legacy of Dr. King while highlighting talented students here at Texas State. We use this opportunity to help strengthen our campus community, bridge barriers, and move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of community. 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. & President Lyndon B. Johnson

Dr. Martin Luther King and President Lyndon B. Johnson

On November 25, 1963, three days after President Kennedy’s assassination, our most distinguished alumnus, President Lyndon B. Johnson called Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to thank him for “your cooperation and communication.” During this phone call, King suggested to Johnson that, “I think one of the great tributes that we can pay in memory of President Kennedy is to try to enact some of the great, progressive policies he sought to initiate.”   

For the next two years they strategized together—behind closed doors and during secretly recorded phone calls. During Johnson’s time as president, he signed into law the most significant Civil Rights legislations in over a century: The 1964 Civil Rights Act, which ended legal segregation, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which prohibited laws meant to suppress Black voters, and the 1968 Civil Rights Act, which focused on Fair Housing policy. Johnson referred to these civil rights laws as “the greatest achievement of my administration.” 

Johnson and King’s relationship was as critical to those legislative victories as Johnson’s public speeches and dealings with Congress. King’s efforts towards racial equality had been in the public eye since the 1955 Birmingham Bus Boycott. In 1963, as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), King coordinated another high-profile anti-segregation campaign in Birmingham, Alabama. The collective pressure of Birmingham and other civil rights efforts compelled President John F. Kennedy to submit a landmark Civil Rights Act in the summer of 1963. That August, the March on Washington and King's “I Have a Dream” speech increased public pressure to pass the Kennedy civil rights bill. Following the Civil Rights Act, King offered public support to Johnson during the 1964 presidential campaign. King’s reputation was immense, and he had just been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. King’s support of the Democrat nominee helped Johnson win the largest share of the popular vote in over a century. 

Overview of Upcoming Events, Dates, and Locations

More detailed information is provided below on this page regarding each event.

Saturday, January 13, 2024

Dunbar Heritage Association:
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
San Marcos Public Library
625 E. Hopkins San Marcos, TX 78666

Monday, January 15, 2024

Dunbar Heritage Association:
22nd Annual Martin Luther King Day Wreath-Laying Ceremony, Walk and Celebration

9:30 AM
LBJ / MLK Crossroads Memorial
Located on corner of LBJ Drive and MLK Drive in San Marcos, Texas 78666

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Texas State University:
Celebrating Life and Legacy of MLK
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Charisse Burden-Stelly

5:00 - 7:00 PM
LBJ Statue to LBJ Student Center Grand Ballroom
601 University Drive, San Marcos, Texas 78666

Reception will include food and refreshments.