HOUSTON — For more than two decades, Houston has had competing parades on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, with organizers lobbing allegations of favouritism and conspiracy at each other and at city officials as the groups battled over permits and preferred starting times. Even as Stamps moved forward with his plans, Turner dismissed suggestions that divisions remain within the nation’s fourth-largest city over how best to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The first King parade, in 1978, was the brainchild of longtime Houston activist Ovide Duncantell, who died in October. Stamps, a former Black Heritage Society volunteer, believed the original parade was too focused on African-Americans and needed more cultural diversity. City officials deny Stamps’ allegations.
Source: National Post January 20, 2019 16:07 UTC