Arlington MLK Parade That Faced Pushback Over Abbott Is Canceled

Arlington MLK Parade That Faced Pushback Over Abbott Is Canceled”

Barring a last-minute appeal, the Arlington Martin Luther King Jr.

The city of Arlington has denied a permit for a planned Martin Luther King Jr. parade that drew controversy when Gov. Greg Abbott was given a featured role as honorary grand marshal. Parade organizers also listed the city of Arlington and the Arlington branch of the NAACP in the sponsor page, but spokespeople for the city and the local NAACP said they weren't sponsors.

"We are down to the last minute and all the requirements for the permitting process have not been met", said the city's communications director, Jay Warren.

Some minority rights advocates had objected to the choice of Abbott as honorary grand marshal of the Toyota North Texas Martin Luther King Jr.

What was billed as the largest North Texas Martin Luther King, Jr. "We are moving forward with the cancellation of the parade". "Parade have not provided the required payment to cover the City's personnel and equipment costs for traffic management and event security, as required by the City's Special Events Ordinance", the statement continues.

But the governor earlier in the week tweeted: "I am a Christian, I've committed my life to ensuring justice, I come in peace". "We can not have a governor with the practices and beliefs of Abbott representing Martin Luther King".

NAACP Arlington Chapter President Alisa Simmons said the chapter was originally gathering Thursday night to plan a protest for the parade Monday.

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The celebration kicked off Friday night with the "Advance the Dream" awards banquet in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at UT Arlington.

In Arlington, special event organizers must meet requirements such as providing for insurance, a traffic study, adequate parking and public safety components, Warren said. "As we review his career and public service, it is fair to say that Greg 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". Parade, saying his record didn't warrant the honor.

"It's important to hold the parade on Martin Luther King Day because that's the day the country celebrates the efforts and work of Martin Luther King", said Roderick Miles, coordinator of the parade for the Greater Fort Worth Martin Luther King Jr.

The celebration will conclude at 9 a.m. Monday with a Day of Service at Mission Arlington and a Musical Extravaganza at 6:30 the Metro Center of Fielder Road Baptist Church, located at 1323 W. Pioneer Parkway.

When the parade ends, there will be a rally at Sundance Square Plaza.

Rev. Kyev Tatum, a parade supporter, said he was disappointed in what had happened.

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