State Representative Helen Giddings, (D)-Dallas, has the honor of being the Grand Marshal of the Lancaster Martin Luther King Foundation 2014 MLK Parade.

This year's Martin Luther King parade will celebrate 10 years of parade festivities as the foundation continues the legacy of reflection and celebration by honoring our past and embracing the future of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

During the 82nd legislative session, Giddings passed House Resolution 117, which honors the 82nd anniversary of the birth of the great civil rights leader and humanitarian, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. During her passionate speech on the house floor, Giddings called on all Texas to join in carrying forward Dr. King's dream of a more just, tolerant and inclusive society.

“Dr. King's ideals and principles, put into action, has helped all of humanity,” Giddings stated. “His lifelong dedication to the pursuit of social and economic justice espoused views that love is more powerful than hate, that right eventually wins over wrong, and that character is the real true measure of one's worth.”

“I am honored to be the Grand Marshal of the 2014 Lancaster Martin Luther King Parade,” she said. “It is important to remind our youth that our civil liberties were earned throughout history and were not always recognized as a birth right. We may be in a different time but our time should not be complacent.”

Sharing her favorite quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “The ultimate test in life is not where we stand in moments of comfort and moments of convenience-but where we stand in moments of challenge and moments of controversy.” Giddings encourages all to reflect and heed the words, “If you can't fly then run, and if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

The parade will begin at 11 a.m. on Jan. 18, at the Lancaster Elsie Roberson Middle School, located at 822 Pleasant Run Road in Lancaster.

Immediately following the parade, Giddings will present the “Trail Blazers Award” to Lancaster Mayor Marcus Knight and Former City Manager Rickey Childers to be held at the Lancaster High School indoor sports complex.

For more information about the Lancaster Martin Luther King, Jr. Foundation 10th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade, contact Mr. Roosevelt Nichols at 469-358-8722 or by email nick0420@sbcglobal.net.