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Highlight: New Braunfels, Texas Holds Inaugural Martin Luther King, Jr. Day March

February 2016 Newsletter

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Assistant Secretary Jay Williams participates in the city of New Braunfels, Texas’ Inaugural MLK Day march

Assistant Secretary Jay Williams joined Bishop Michael D. Franklin, District 1 City Councilman George Green, and New Braunfels Mayor Barron Casteel – among others - for the city of New Braunfels, Texas’ inaugural Martin Luther King, Jr., March on MLK Day, January 18 to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

City Councilman Green led the effort to have Martin Luther King Day recognized by the city and Bishop Franklin’s 15 year old son - JonMichael Franklin - led a year-long campaign that resulted in the School District of New Braunfels officially observing the MLK holiday for the first time ever this year.

The inspiration and inception of the MLK Association, which drives this march forward, were the direct results of JonMichael’s efforts.

Assistant Secretary Williams noted in his keynote remarks that, “It’s folks like these – along with all of you here today – that epitomize the teachings of Dr. King and who are doing the critical work needed to ensure that Dr. King’s legacy will endure.”

Read the San Antonio NBC-News 4 article.